Bikeways & Walkways More Important Than Motor Vehicles -

Leftists Push For Carless Society

 

How Leftists & Environmentalists Will Restrict Use of Cars

 

Implementing Bicycle Safety & The  Law in AR On Passing A Bicyclist

 

US Dept of Transportation Regulations - Remove Snow from Bikeways and Walkways

 

(Quote from US Dept of Transportation website: "Removing snow from sidewalks and shared-use paths: Current maintenance provisions require pedestrian facilities built with Federal funds to be maintained in the same manner as other roadway assets." and  "Consider walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes" and "The Secretary has the authority to withhold approval for projects that would negatively impact pedestrians and bicyclists under certain circumstancesSee footnote 7

 

Leftists Push for "Carless" Society

 

" Design conflicts "should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users."  Quote from radical environmentalist Dan Burden who is working in Arkansas in Harrison and North Little Rock  on what is called "road diets" which is reducing 4 lane traffic to two -  Burden pushes the idea of restriping four lanes for two lanes of  vehicle traffic and two lanes for bikes and walkways.   But they don't tell you their real purpose up front.  They take baby steps as they are encouraged to do in some of their pro Agenda 21 literature.  See 24 more  ideas by Dan Burden below and the article from Little Rock "Bicyclists call for safer streets" that gives you a hint of what is coming.   (1)

 

Recently I was asked by someone just how would they go about doing away with our cars.  That was a legitimate question.  The answer is in a thousand different ways - by using propaganda techniques and taking baby steps until their plans become acceptable and/or inevitable. This email deals with a few of the baby steps. Only a few radicals like Dan Burden and Michael Moore tell what it is really about in their writing. Michael Moore says "Cars may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature."   But even Dan Burden doesn't tell his radical plans in his training sessions - you only find them when you look for them on the web.  There are numerous sites on the liberal websites and government websites that applaud the same principles by liberals and proponents of UN Agenda 21.  (2)

 

Liberal John Brummett also wrote an article entitled "World Without Cars, Amen"  saying, " I know some liberals very well and these expressions of Michael Moore reflect exactly how they talk among themselves...They think cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and in what they emit." A headline in a UK article reads, "European Union to Ban Cars from Cities by 2050" - in order to cut CO2 emissions. There will have to be a great many restrictions on driving long before 2050 in order to ban cars by that date. Vision 2030 and other similar plans across the nation contain the beginning actions to do just that in the US.

 

How Leftists & Environmentalists Will Restrict The Use of Cars

 

Remember how they have made tobacco users the scum of the earth.  When they are all finished, they will  do the same thing with people who drive cars.  The major way we see them putting their plans into place now:

Then when we get into a war, or steps are taken by other countries to prevent us from getting fuel, or an executive order is issued in case of an emergency, gas will be become a scarcity and be rationed,  and the cars will be left setting in the garage.  Then everyone will be thanking Obama for planning ahead and building all these walkways and bikeway and mass transit!  

 

Radical environmentalist Dan Burden (who as stated above is working in Arkansas) gives 25 principles for healthy neighborhood street design. Following are some of  them. : Remember Burden is the one that says we should take our cities back 100 years where people walk rather than drive.  You can find all 25 at this link: http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/design.asp on Sierra Club website:

 "Wide streets, with wide lanes, entice motorists to speed, while narrower streets calm that traffic to safer speeds. Children, pedestrians and bicyclists are safer; even motorists and their passengers suffer fewer and slower crashes. Safer, gridded streets, with sidewalks, nearby destinations and public transit entice residents to walk, meet neighbors and build a sense of community. And increase housing values."

 

1. Limited neighborhood size which includes schools, parks and small commercial districts.

4. Trees, on-street parking and minimal front yards to create the feeling of a more enclosed space, or "outdoor room".

12. Nature strips, landscaping and trees in the center and along the curb.

13. Sidewalks on both sides of the street.

14. Curbs to deter parking on sidewalks on most streets.

15. Street furniture, such as benches, waste containers, flower and shrub planters, trees, bollards, lampposts and kiosks, and pocket parks to encourage walking.

17. Bus stops with benches and shade, and with bulbouts: sidewalks widened into the parking lane to prevent parking at the bus stop and to facilitate bus reentry into traffic..

18. Well-marked crosswalks, with medians on wider streets.

19. Low curb radii where streets intersect to make turns tight and slow. 

21. Bikes supported with bike lanes on wider streets, and bicycle signal preference or speed tables and medians where bike trails intersect streets.

22. Remove snow from sidewalks.

25. Design conflicts "should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users."

 

Implementing Bicycle Safety - & The  Law in AR On Passing Bicyclist

 

Following are excerpts from article found on Arkansas Times blog at this link: http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/bicyclists-call-for-safer-streets-in-little-rock/Content?oid=2581720  Title of article"  "Bicyclists call for safer streets in Little Rock" by David Koon -  these are baby toward coercing people out of their cars, giving importance to bicyclists. (4)  

 

Little Rock's streets are dangerous for bicyclists, Ezell said, because of a combination of factors, including inattentive drivers and speeding. He attributes the excessive speed to the way many streets in the city are designed: wide, unobstructed and open.

 

"We're used to — I call it — Freeway Driving Mode," Ezell said. "The road's clear? Then hammer down and boogie. When we come off 630, or I-30, or I-40 and get on the [surface] streets, we carry that same mode of behavior with us . . . We need to slow things down by narrowing the street [and] putting in some trees. You create the perception in the driver's mind that he's being tunneled in, and he'll pay a little more attention." . . .  A better solution, he said, is education for both cyclists and drivers, to help them realize the roads belong to everyone.

 

In his classes, Ezell teaches cyclists who are riding on city streets to ride just like they would a motorcycle or drive a car, staying toward the center of the lane, controlling their space, obeying all traffic laws and staying alert." What we teach people is: Ride in traffic," he said. "Arkansas State Law says that all vehicles have the same rights and obligation on the road. We start off by teaching people that cyclists are safest when we obey and follow traffic laws. We're safest when we act and are treated in return like the driver of any other vehicle.

 

Laumer said we need to create a mindset in local government that biking, walking and public transit are equal in stature to motor vehicles, and design our streets with that mindset. Not only will they make things safer, Laumer said, bicycle-friendly streets will help the city retain in the workforce creative, educated young people who would prefer to use their bikes as transportation for environmental reasons . . .  "They're saying: How do I connect the origins and destinations I need to in my daily life without burning a bunch of carbon?"

 

Little Rock Assistant City Manager Bryan Day called bike-car crashes "an incredible tragedy," and said . . . We need to embrace and understand that cyclists as well as vehicles are viable modes of transportation, and they have the right to share the roads in most cases."

 

Jonesboro Vision 2030 also calls for bike safety to begin in Jonesboro in May 2013.   (5)

 

Below is another article that supports the above article, giving the law on vehicle drivers and bicyclists.  

 

NLR launches bicycle passing awareness campaign is title of the article: [Title of article] (6)

 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of North Little Rock's Fit 2 Live health initiative and its Bicycle Friendly Community Committee have launched an awareness campaign on the bicycle passing law.

 

According to Communications Director Nathan Hamilton, this campaign is the first in Arkansas bringing attention to the 3-foot passing law.

The city held a public kick off event Wed., Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. at the City Council Chambers of North Little Rock City Hall.

 

Hamilton said Aldermen, police, firemen and MEMS personnel will be on hand, along with several community groups, to unveil the designs to be used on billboards, yard signs and bumper stickers in the campaign.

 

The law in Arkansas is written was follows:

27-51-311. Overtaking a bicycle.
(a) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a roadway shall exercise due care and pass to the left at a safe distance of not less than three feet (3') and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.

(b)(1) A person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).

(2) A person who violates this section with the violation resulting in a collision causing death or serious physical injury to the person operating the overtaken bicycle shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law.

US Dept of Transportation Regulations - Remove Snow from Bikeways and Walkways

 

Excerpts From "United States  Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations" - Signed March 11, 2010.  (7)

 

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing this Policy Statement to reflect the Department’s support for the development of fully integrated active transportation networks. The establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks is an important component for livable communities, and their design should be a part of Federal-aid project developments. Walking and bicycling foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities; promote physical activity and health; and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use.

 

This policy is based on various sections in the United States Code (U.S.C.) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in Title 23—Highways, Title 49—Transportation, and Title 42—The Public Health and Welfare. These sections, provided in the Appendix, describe how bicyclists and pedestrians of all abilities should be involved throughout the planning process, should not be adversely affected by other transportation projects, and should be able to track annual obligations and expenditures on nonmotorized transportation facilities.

 

The Secretary has the authority to withhold approval for projects that would negatively impact pedestrians and bicyclists under certain circumstances.

 

Considering walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes: The primary goal of a transportation system is to safely and efficiently move people and goods. Walking and bicycling are efficient transportation modes for most short trips and, where convenient intermodal systems exist, these nonmotorized trips can easily be linked with transit to significantly increase trip distance.

 

Setting mode share targets for walking and bicycling and tracking them over time: A byproduct of improved data collection is that communities can establish targets for increasing the percentage of trips made by walking and bicycling.

 

Removing snow from sidewalks and shared-use paths: Current maintenance provisions require pedestrian facilities built with Federal funds to be maintained in the same manner as other roadway assets.

 

Increased commitment to and investment in bicycle facilities and walking networks can help meet goals for cleaner, healthier air; less congested roadways; and more livable, safe, cost-efficient communities. Walking and bicycling provide low-cost mobility options that place fewer demands on local roads and highways . . .  However, regardless of regional, climate, and population density differences, it is important that pedestrian and bicycle facilities be integrated into transportation systems. While DOT leads the effort to provide safe and convenient accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, success will ultimately depend on transportation agencies across the country embracing and implementing this policy.

 

Documentation:

1.   You can read Dan Burden's radical ideas at this link:  http://www.wpaag.org/Sus%20Dev%20-%20Dan%20Burden%20radical%20at%20work%20in%20AR.htm and also at this link: Article by Dan Burden "Stop Sprawl" http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/design.asp

 

2.  You can read Michael Moore's his radical article online at this link:   http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mikes-letter/goodbye-gm-by-michael-moore

 

3.  Obama's administration is pushing ahead with its plan to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years at a cost of  $53 billion. 

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/02/17/taxpayer-calculator-high-speed-rail?test=latestnews

 

4.  Excerpts from article found on Arkansas Times blog at this link: http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/bicyclists-call-for-safer-streets-in-little-rock/Content?oid=2581720  Title of article,  "Bicyclists call for safer streets in Little Rock"

 

5. Bike Safety Education in 2013 in Jonesboro Vision 2030

Chapter 13  page 69 (ED-69) http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf 

Task 1: Identify training opportunities for JPD related to laws and safety issues pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians.

 

6. NLR launches bicycle passing awareness campaign is title of the article: [Title of article] 

http://northlittlerock.todaysthv.com/news/news/113050-nlr-launches-bicycle-passing-awareness-campaign

 

7.  "United States  Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations, http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/overview/policy_accom.cfm 

 Posted January 21, 2013 by Women Action Group wpaagorg@gmail.com