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“Where Your Gas Dollar Goes?” Not local, that’s for sure…That, and more, in the Annual Chatter Wrap-Up

Every Friday I post a series of links to stories, studies and seemingly miss-matched what-not in a series I call the Weekly Chatter. It began simply as a way to archive interesting material found during the week. Some of this material would make excellent follow-up pieces, however there just isn’t enough time in a typical week. It’s actually one my favorite posts to throw together.

After quickly perusing the series of Weekly Chatter posts, I came up with this collection from the past year. It’s not a best-of list, as it is more of a “this popped out at me again” list. Other links could just as easily jumped out.

Annual Chatter Wrap-Up

Cars are such a powerful industry and such a normalized part of our daily lives that even acknowledging the hazards a vehicle presents to anyone other than its occupants is essentially taboo.

If I ride


Sprawl-ville from space: the Big Picture


The transportation world is changing. We can face this change fearfully, or with confidence. In my five years as director, we have faced many challenges, adapted to change, and are a better organization for doing so. I am confident we can rise to the challenge of implementing the new Complete Streets law – in letter and spirit – and emerge a stronger organization, and ultimately, a better state.” ~Kurk Steudle

There’s Nothing Local About Filling It Up

(via Krios Consulting)

Have a New Year!

  1. December 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Love the gas dollar graphic Gary and Steudle’s letter is a great find that I missed – Happy New Year!

  2. sally
    January 1, 2011 at 6:27 am

    an article on IPR just this last week was listing reasons for fewer traffic accidents, nationally, and among reasons mentioned was: ta da………..ROUNDABOUTS!!

  3. January 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Thank you, Sally. I missed that piece. I think I found it: U.S. Lags Behind Europe In Traffic Safety

    I read elsewhere that our traffic fatalities have been down and that the cause isn’t really something to get too excited over as it hasn’t been intentional. According to this report, it’s a simple result of fewer people are on the roads, likely due to the economy. “When you get the economic recovery, highway fatalities come back up. So I think that the declines for the past couple years are probably mostly recession caused, and therefore probably mostly temporary.”(Clinton Oster).

    We can truly celebrate when we start changing the design of our streets to value people over speed and size of vehicles.

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