Governor’s Theft of Gas Tax Funding: Reduction in Auto Lanes, Increased Bike Fatalities

By Katy Grimes : californiaglobe – excerpt

Bicycle proponents blame large SUVs and more autos on the road, instead of fewer auto lanes

When Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-19-19 September 20, he directed the already controversial, voter-approved gas tax money away from fixing local highways (as voters were promised) in favor of rail projects. Simultaneously, cities have been using the funding not to improve roads or increase auto lanes, but instead for ongoing “road diets” and increasing bicycle lanes.

But the attempt to get California drivers out of their cars and onto public transit or bicycles isn’t working out as central planners hoped.

Is Newsom Punishing More Conservative Regions?…

Bicycles and Cars Fighting for Roadways…

The Problem with Road Diets…

Attempts to force people out of their cars have not worked. Lane and road diets only cause more congestion and pollution – and bicycle fatalities when autos and bicycles are forced to “share the road.”

According to the National Motorist Association, “increased traffic on residential streets is often caused by the mismanagement of the main arterials and collector streets. When cities improperly install stop signs, mistime traffic signals and underpost speed limits that have no relation to actual vehicle speeds, drivers will find other streets that flow better.”…

Motorists are Fighting Back..

In 2016, the National Motorists Association launched a STREETS THAT WORK initiative designed to influence lawmakers and educate the public on the societal benefits of freedom of mobility. The NMA initiative is the antidote for Vision Zero, which aspires by government mandate and at great cost – fiscally and in terms of personal autonomy – to reshape urban transportation.

STREETS THAT WORK advocates for:

  • Improved road safety that is realistic, fiscally sustainable, and doesn’t feel like a government-mandated social experiment.
  • An end to arbitrary mobility restrictions on urban streets that will decrease personal transportation options while increasing travel times.
  • One set of “rules of the road” for all users so that individual and shared responsibilities are clear to all.
  • Intelligent placement of bicycle paths that complement rather than displace motorized traffic…(more)