Highway Speed

The 85th Percentile Rule, Explained

A video explainer of the notorious traffic law that explains why some cities have to raise speed limits to enforce traffic safety.

October 8, 2020 - Grist

COVID-19 and Public Health

Mask Mandates Without Enforcement Amount to Half-Measures

Issuing a ticket to a pedestrian for not wearing a mask in Miami is like issuing a ticket to a motorist for not wearing a seatbelt, states a specially-detailed Miami police officer. Welcome to the "new normal" in this coronavirus hotspot.

August 4, 2020 - The Washington Post

Bike Cops

Vision Zero...Without the Enforcement

As a leading bicycle advocacy organization withdraws support for police enforcement of Vision Zero plans, the discretionary practices of traffic enforcement come under rejuvenated scrutiny.

June 11, 2020 - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

great lakes

Report Faults the EPA for Lack of Environmental Enforcement in Great Lakes States

A report by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) shows a decrease in environmental enforcement in six Midwest states. The ELPC calls for increased funding. The EPA states the claims errors in data reporting are responsible for the drop.

April 28, 2020 - Urban Milwaukee

Portland Sidewalk

Google Maps for iPhone Now Reports DUI Checkpoints, Speed Traps

Navigation app Waze has long allowed users the ability to report various "inconveniences" on the road, like speed traps, checkpoints, and crashes. Now Google Maps users on iPhone can do the same.

October 22, 2019 - The Washington Post

Broad Street Bike Lane

Law Prohibiting Bike Lanes Blockers Key to Creating a Liveable City

The city of Rochester, New York, decided to take legal action that ensures the city is as safe for people on bikes as intended.

September 25, 2019 - WXXI News

Bike and Bus Lane

Lack of Traffic Safety Enforcement Blamed for Vision Zero Failures

Education, engineering, and enforcement are the three "e's" of Vision Zero in San Francisco. A lack of on of those "e's"—enforcement—might explain why more people are dying on the city's streets this year that any year since the city adopted Vision Z

September 2, 2019 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Atlanta, Georgia

Tree Ordinance Update Almost Done, Atlanta Residents Want Better Enforcement of Existing Rules

Atlanta has wanted to update its tree ordinance since 2014.

January 24, 2019 - SaportaReport

Dutch Fyra Train

The Netherlands Seeks Less Confrontational Strategies to Stop Fare Evasion

Rather than simply being punitive, the Dutch rail carrier is trying to find cost effective ways to collect fares and make riders feel welcome.

January 18, 2019 - CityLab

Sound Transit Bus

Editorial Calls for Automated Enforcement for Bus Lanes

The Seattle Times Editorial Board argues that automated enforcement would remove scofflaws from blocking bus commuters.

January 12, 2019 - The Seattle Times

King County Metro Transit

Pushing for Cameras to Enforce Bus-Only Lanes

Scofflaws are common and enforcement difficult in the 40 miles of surface street bus-only lanes in King County, Washington. Transit officials are hoping cameras can help fill the gap.

January 1, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Homeless Encampment

How L.A. Plans to Address Intersecting Issues of Homelessness and Open Space

In California, agencies are working to redefine enforcement and safety procedures as the number of homeless individuals who seek refuge in vulnerable open or wild landscapes continue to increase.

September 1, 2018 - The Planning Report


Facebook Among Targets of HUD's Latest Round of Fair Housing Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is taking on one big fish and a few little fish in the battle against housing discrimination.

August 22, 2018 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Toll Lane Project

Expansion of Maryland Toll Lane Project Increases Cost Five-Fold to $1.1 Billion

A $210 million project to add a single, 7-mile express toll lane on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore was just expanded to two lanes for 10 miles. Financing will rely on toll revenue. Unlike HOT lanes, every motorist will pay to use the lanes.

June 19, 2018 - The Baltimore Sun

South Central Los Angeles

What Community-Based Zoning Enforcement Looks Like in South Central Los Angeles

Passion for urban planning, love of South Central LA communities, and historical background of the neighborhoods combine in this personal account by Jonathan P. Bell of community-based zoning enforcement.

February 6, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Police Enfocement

'Textalyzers' Could Help Cops Bust Distracted Drivers

Chicago is one of the first cities to consider the use of "textalyzers," which would allow police officers to scan phones to see if they were in use during an accident.

January 17, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Speed Limit

Federal Safety Watchdog Takes a Position on Speeding Drivers

Streetsblog USA breaks the news of a major policy departure for the National Transportation Safety Board: speeding kills, and every level of government must do more to counter the problem.

July 28, 2017 - Streetsblog USA

Project Manager III

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

UDO Transportation Planner

City of Charlotte - Charlotte Area Transit

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