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American Bicyclists 2015 rankings of the most bicycle-friendly states

“Every year, the League ranks all 50 states on their bikeability.  We do this based on a mutli-faceted Bicycle Friendly State questionnaire that is answered by each state’s Bicycle Coordinator. We look at five categories: Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. Click here to downloadContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To Release Driverless Car Accident Reports

“Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports.  “It is important that the public know what happened,” wrote John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s PrivacyContinue Reading

Driving While ‘Intexticated': Texting, Driving, and Punishment

Weaver, Russell L. and Friedland, Steven, Driving While ‘Intexticated': Texting, Driving, and Punishment (May 4, 2015). 47 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 101 2014-2015; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2015-09. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2602301 “In this short article, we argue that texting while driving presents a specialContinue Reading

A New Federal Guide to Infrastructure Planning and Design

“Today, the White House is convening the nation’s leading thinkers on infrastructure planning and design to highlight how projects like new roads and transit lines can be designed to foster economic opportunity and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help communities seeking to expand their pipelines of well-designed projects, the Administration isContinue Reading

EPIC Launches State Policy Project

“EPIC has launched the EPIC State Policy Project to track legislation across the county concerning privacy and civil liberties. The EPIC State Project will identify new developments and model legislation. The Project builds on EPIC’s extensive work on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues in the states. The new State Project will focus on studentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Community Development Capital Initiative, Controlled Substances, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System

Community Development Capital Initiative: Status of the Program Investments and Participants, GAO-15-542: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Controlled Substances: DEA Needs to Better Manage Its Quota Process and Improve Coordination with FDA, GAO-15-494T: Published: May 5, 2015. Publicly Released: May 5, 2015. Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate MatchContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Contracting, Railroad Retirement Board

Defense Contracting: DOD’s Use of Competitive Procedures, GAO-15-484R: Published: May 1, 2015. Publicly Released: May 1, 2015: “During the period from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2014, DOD’s competition rate—the dollars obligated annually on competitive contracts and task orders as a percentage of dollars obligated on all contracts and orders—ranged from 60.8 percent toContinue Reading

Transportation Alternatives by Census Region

“Transportation Alternatives by Census Region,” a new infographic in the Measuring America series, highlights household public transportation use with statistics from the 2013 American Housing Survey. It summarizes regional differences in public transportation use and expense, the type of public transportation used most frequently, and walking and biking accessibility. The American Housing Survey is sponsored by theContinue Reading

Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington D.C. Airspace

On April 29, 2015 the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing titled, “Flying Under the Radar: Securing Washington, D.C. Airspace [link includes Witness and Testimony Documents]This hearing examined how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. HEARING BACKGROUND: “On April 15, 2015, an individualContinue Reading

Bing Maps now provides coverage of more than 3000 transit agencies

Bing Blogs: “With coverage of more than 3000 transit agencies across 30 countries, Bing Maps can help you to plan your daily commute, or schedule your next vacation…In North America, Bing can help you to find your commute options in all major metros. We provide routes for 375 cities in the US and 59 inContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Broadband Networks, Yemen, Budgeting for Disasters, DOE Loan Programs, Aviation Alternatives

Public-Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Should Strengthen Internal Controls and Evaluate Lessons Learned, GAO-15-407: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance, GAO-15-493: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Budgeting for Disasters: Approaches toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding

Airport Funding: Changes in Aviation Activity Are Reflected in Reduced Capacity Concerns, GAO-15-498T: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2015: “U.S. airports are key contributors to the national and regional economies, providing mobility for people and goods, both domestically and internationally. Since 2007 when GAO last reported on airport funding, airports of allContinue Reading