New York City Council to Consider Licensing Procedure for Pedicabs

Anyone walking the streets of Manhattan is aware of the prevalence of pedicabs, pedal-powered tourist-friendly tricycles. Pedicab owners estimate that there were about 1,000 pedicabs in the city. But what if someone suffers personal injuries while a passenger in one or is involved in an accident with one? Who will pay for the injuries and damage caused?

New York State has financial responsibility requirements for motor vehicles and motorcycles. Not so for pedicabs. In an effort to change that, the city will move forward with its long-stalled regulation of pedicabs by establishing a licensing procedure. Licenses would be issued to … Read the rest

Greener Traffic Management (In Theory)

Congress’ boosting in 2007 of fuel economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 should not be the only way the government can improve fuel economy, cut greenhouse gases and boost safety.  So contends Joseph D. Younger in an article “5 Ways to Turn Traffic Greener” published in AAA’s Car & Travel magazine.  The article suggests 5 ways that state, local and federal governments can do to make everyday driving environmentally friendlier.

1. Build Os (traffic circles) instead of Xs (intersections) Intersections controlled by stop signs or lights contribute to environmental damage because they force drivers to idle, which … Read the rest