Breakfast links: Communication needs work
Photo by mollybob.
Secret? Vehicular? Both?:
Montgomery County officials didn't like
how I called their confidential underpass proposal a "secret vehicular tunnel" in Dr. Gridlock last week. But as Ben Ross told the Doctor, how isn't it a "secret vehicular tunnel" if it carries vehicles and the details are hidden? (Post)
3-foot in Maryland:
Like Virginia, Maryland is considering a 3-foot law
for passing bicyclists. That might have helped save Jack Yates, who was killed in a right hook by a turning truck driver and the police blamed the victim. (Baltimore City Paper)
Hands-free is also distracting:
A study found that where laws prohibit non-hands-free cell phone use while driving, crash rates aren't lower. Articles spin this two ways: laws don't reduce crashes
(with an obligatory quote from a driver who doesn't think anything he does could be dangerous), or hands-free driving is just as distracting
(and proponents of laws against all phone use). (Mercury News, Post)
How Fannie and Freddie inhibit mixed-use:
As Congress looks to overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, urbanists are pointing out how their rules against guaranteeing loans for most mixed-use developments discourage good urbanism
. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
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