Dedicated “contra-flow” bus lanes on Calle des Balderas, seen looking south from the Avenida Juarez in Mexico City.
On a grid of mostly one-way roads with mixed traffic, so-called counterflow lanes created two-way bus service, helping pedestrians avoid walking roughly 1 km (0.62 miles) to other main arteries to take a bus in the opposite direction.
But a growing recognition of the dangers of such counterflow lanes is leading modern-day Mexico City to re-think the configuration.
Full article can be found here.
Maybe, just maybe, the city might instead decide to conduct an area-wide traffic analyze to look into the possibility of changing the direction of these large, one-way streets and turn them into two-way streets with full amenities, such as those found in Complete Streets policies.
Complete Streets is the name of a design concept that sees the street face as part of the urban fabric, not just as a “car sewer”. The goal of a complete streets system is to accommodate various modes of transportation while slowing down car traffic. These streets hark back to a time when the street face was for everyone, including walkers, joggers, cyclists, transit riders and car drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles.
In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle “black boxes” mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA to publish its final regulation.
Nearly all vehicles currently have the devices.
via NHTSA gets White House OK to mandate vehicle 'black boxes' | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.
Cold temperatures and a Nor’easter loom over Sandy survivors still without power and heat. Temperatures dipped down to 39 in New York City Saturday night and are expected to get even colder Sunday night. Weather Underground co-founder Dr. Jeff Masters expects the mid-Atlantic and New England to face an early-season Nor’easter on Wednesday bringing strong winds and heavy rains to areas still affected by Hurricane Sandy.
via Sandy Victims to Confront Cold, Another Storm | Common Dreams.
New York parents on food stamps are not able to feed their children.
Many of the low-income residents receive cash and supplemental nutritional assistance from the state electronically through what the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance calls Electronic Benefit Cards EBT.Recipients buying eligible foods are suppose to swipe their EBT cards like any other credit card for their purchases but since Hurricane Sandy hit, most Lower East Side stores don’t have electricity to run credit card transactions and are only accepting cash. Leaving many people on EBT with empty wallets, empty refrigerators and no access to food.
via Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food – COLORLINES.
Great neighbourhoods for trick-or-treating also tend to be great neighborhoods for families everyday:
Tree-lined streets designed for walkers more than speeding cars.
Enough density and community completeness, to activate what I call “the power of nearness” – everything you need, nearby.
Good visual surveillance through doors and stoops, windows (and I don’t mean windows in garages), porches and “eyes on the street.”
Connected, legible streets that let you “read” the neighbourhood easily -grids tend to be good for this, but other patterns work too.
All of these are great for trick-or-treating, and equally great for walkable, healthy, economically resilient communities year-round.
via Brent Toderian: Does Your Neighbourhood Pass 'Trick-Or-Treat' Test?.
EPA and HHS now recommend the level of fluoride in drinking water to be set “at the lowest end of the current optimal range”—that is, no more than 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the current recommended range which goes as high as 1.2 milligrams.
via New Scientific Data Forces Government to Reverse Its Stance on Fluoride in the Water Supply | The Alliance for Natural Health USA.
Municipalities will be wise to revisit their water fluoridation policies in light of new studies that address safety and efficacy of fluoride in drinking water to allegedly reduce tooth decay. While topical application of fluoride directly to the tooth enamel may prevent cavities, it has been shown that ingesting fluoride has the opposite effect, damages teeth and all major organ systems. Surely, cities can find an alternate means to dispose of the by-products of aluminum production? If the answer is no, they are not trying hard enough.