Brown vetoes three-foot passing law (L.A. Streetsblog)
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed AB 910, a law that would have required motorists to stay at least three feet away from cyclists when passing them when traveling more than 15 mph. In his veto message, Gov. Brown said he liked the buffer but didn’t like a provision that would have also had motorists to slow to 15 mph when passing a bike — which he said could cause rear-end collisions on streets with higher speed limits.
Seeking the Steve Jobs of transit (Human Transit)
Not much of a post here, but I like the sentiment: that mass transit really needs someone to step up to the plate and figure out how to design it better, make it more useful and more appealing to the vast majority of Americans who still drive everywhere they go.
Putting a bus app together in a weekend (San Francisco Chronicle)
Instead of waiting for five years for the city of S.F. to revamp its approach to technology, a group of programming enthusiasts created an iPhone app that would help San Francisco Muni run its buses on time and allow customers better info about where their buses are. They plan to tweak the app and submit it to Apple for listing in their app store. The newspaper says this is another example of Government 2.0 in which citizens use technology to help government function. Works for me.
Scant CO2 benefit from China’s electric car push (New York Times Dot Earth blog)
China can pump out all the electric cars it wants. But as long as the electricity consumed by the cars is created by dirty coal-fired power plants, it’s not going to do much good reducing the country’s output of the global warming ingredient carbon dioxide. One more reason to clean up our power grid here — clean power equals cleaner cars and transit that is powered by electricity — such as light rail and subways.