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    More than half of U.S. drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash, according to a new study. Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on fatalities in 14 states, researchers found that men and people driving at night were the most likely to have alcohol, marijuana or other illicit or prescription drugs show up on a toxicology screen after the accident.

    Reuters
  •  The European Cyclists Federation spoke to Susan Shaheen about bike sharing around the world. “There are now more than 236,000 bicycles being shared on four continents,” says Shaheen, who directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center and has written extensively on bike sharing. In the upcoming book ‘City Cycling’ Shaheen plots the global rise in bike sharing.

    ECF Newsletter
  • Car-sharing operations in the city are growing in popularity, but one city supervisor is concerned that many San Franciscans can't benefit.

    SF Chronicle
  • The majority of plug-in electrical vehicles in California are identified as a primary car by their owners, according to a statewide survey by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Nine out of 10 owners said plug-in vehicles represent their primary ride -- though almost all had a second, conventional car, according to a survey with more than 1,400 respondents released this month. The study was conducted by the California Center for Sustainable Energy in coordination with the state Air Resources Board.

    U-T San Diego
  • When the Obama administration completed the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards for 2017 to 2025 last month, it was a milestone in a long and frequently contentious process, but not the last word. California, alone among the states with the power to set its own emissions policy, was at the negotiating table throughout the process and reserved the right to certify the results through its own legislative channels. 

    New York Times
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     If you’re anything other than a mid-sized adult male or a small, lightweight adult woman, beware. Your senior citizen ribs, massive toddler head, or full-gear, military uniformed body has never been crash tested.

    Wired
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    A massive battery parked at a substation on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line is now storing energy captured from braking trains, saving the transit agency in energy costs and turning it into an electricity provider. Nearly two years after we first reported on the initiative, SEPTA officially flipped the switch on the regenerative braking system in June, and early estimates show that power savings could be as much as 10 percent. 

    Wired
  • For years people have poo-pooed the idea of a privately-funded high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and Southern California because it ends at Victorville. The logic goes that who would want to drive to Victorville and then park and ride? Apparently, according to a recent interview with one of the backers, we will. 

    Riverside Press-Enterprise
  • ...The debate about the merits of this train is extensive and interesting, but its biggest flaw is that it is rooted in the technology of the past and present day. Indeed, HSR itself is around 50 years old, and the 350 kph top speed of the planned line was attained by the French TGV over 30 years ago.

    Forbes
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    It is as startling as if Detroit or Los Angeles restricted car ownership. The municipal government of Guangzhou, a sprawling metropolis that is one of China’s biggest auto manufacturing centers, introduced license plate auctions and lotteries last week that will roughly halve the number of new cars on the streets. The crackdown is the most restrictive in a series of moves by big Chinese cities that are putting quality-of-life issues ahead of short-term economic growth, something the central government has been slow to do on a national scale.

    New York Times