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Biologists around the world track tremendous increase in wildlife death on highways

The New York Times – In Brazil, Animals Cross a Road of No Return – “Highway BR-262 is among the deadliest in the world for wildlife. Biologist Wagner Fischer has been monitoring its grim toll for more than two decades…In 2014, a team led by Julio Cesar de Souza, of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, took another look at roadkill on the BR-262. Over 15 months, they found 518 carcasses from 40 species, and noticed a roadkill site every four miles — a tenfold increase since 2002, when Dr. Fischer presented some of his findings at a transportation conference. That study, as well as a study in 2017 that counted more than 1,000 large mammals killed in one year on the BR-262, prompted Mr. Fischer to finally publish his data. By contrast, on California’s Interstate 280 in the Bay Area, the state’s deadliest road for animals, 386 creatures died in collisions between 2015 and 2016. In Britain, more than 1,200 animals died in road collisions across all major highways in 2017, according to a recent report…”

Has the love affair with driving gotten stuck in traffic?

Washington Post: “America’s love affair with the automobile and those dreams of roaring off on open highways are on the wane as the nation grapples with too much stop-and-go traffic and too many hours spent behind the steering wheel. Those findings are contained in a report to be released Thursday by Arity, a technology research… Continue Reading

Your Airline Travel Survival Guide

Consumer Reports: How to snag deep discounts, get the best seat for your money, avoid nasty surprises, increase your comfort, and more – “In September, American Airlines began service from Miami to Los Angeles—a flight of just under 6 hours—on its Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The plane is a feat of aviation engineering that Boeing… Continue Reading

Your State’s Biggest Stereotype, According to Google Map

TravelPulse – “You may not be aware, but there’s a secret hidden inside the popular Google Maps navigation app. Every time you cross a border, a tiny icon pops up at the bottom, welcoming you to that particular state or country with a cartoonish representation of the type of citizen you may encounter during your… Continue Reading

The complete guide to cycling to work

Quartz: “Cycling to work is often faster and cheaper than taking public transport, and, for the desk-bound among us, an opportunity for some fresh air and exercise at the start and end of the day. Cities around the world are making themselves more bike-friendly—but to benefit from that public investment, you need to get on your bike. Still, many of… Continue Reading

How to book flights online for cheap airfare, in 9 steps

Business Insider: “Booking your flight is often a stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. We compiled nine tips to help you through every step of the flight-booking process, from finding the cheapest deals to setting yourself up to get upgrades on your flight. Check out [this] infographic below for some tips to help… Continue Reading

The Highway Drone Dataset

Naturalistic Trajectories of 110 000 Vehicles Recorded at German Highways Request access to the dataset! [The HighD dataset is free for non-commercial use only. If you are interested in commercial use] “About the Dataset – The highD dataset is a new dataset of naturalistic vehicle trajectories recorded on German highways. Using a drone, typical limitations… Continue Reading

The Deadly Problem with Bike Lanes

Outside: Most cyclists know that bike lanes offer very limited physical protection. They might not know that they offer approximately zero legal protection either. …Experienced cyclists already know that a conventional bike lane—where government officials paint stripes on the road to demarcate a dedicated space for riders—offers few real physical protections from motor vehicles. But… Continue Reading

Trump Administration Reform and Reorganization Plan: Discussion of 35 “Government-Wide” Proposals

Trump Administration Reform and Reorganization Plan: Discussion of 35 “Government-Wide” Proposals, CRS memorandum, July 25, 2018. “This memorandum provides a brief summary and some preliminary analysis of the Donald J. Trump Administration’s recent proposals to restructure and reform agencies, programs, and operations in the executive branch. Specifically, the memorandum covers the 32 proposals characterized by the… Continue Reading

How the Marshall Project visualized racial inequities in New York City subway policing

“Last month, The Marshall Project published a piece about arrests for subway turnstile jumping in New York City by interactive reporter Anna Flagg and former reporting intern Ashley Nerbovig. They found that, while the number of arrests for turnstile jumping has fallen since 2014, the racial makeup of those arrested has remained steady. This year,… Continue Reading

Recreation Group Sues Trump Administration For Illegally Restricting Access to Potomac River During President’s Frequent Golf Outings

News release, September 20, 2018 – Democracy Forward: “…on behalf of the Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington DC, Democracy Forward sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully restricting access to a key portion of the Potomac River without providing the public with the required notice or opportunity for input, effectively blocking… Continue Reading

Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America Pinellas County, Fla., has highest cyclist death rate in Tampa Bay metro area

WSJ [paywall]: The Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America. Pinellas County, Fla., has the highest cyclist death rate in the Tampa Bay metro area—which has the highest rate of any metro region in the U.S. “…The number of cyclists killed in motor-vehicle crashes nationwide hit 840 in 2016—the most recent data available—according to the… Continue Reading