Dismissing community design in fighting obesity is irresponsible. In 30 years, the number of overweight children in the U.S has tripled, and there's a direct correlation between the reduction in walking and biking and increased weight.
Pedestrians and cyclists can breathe easier on Washington, D.C.'s streets because of a plan to "cover the entire city" with traffic cameras. Cameras slow down traffic, and slower cars would make it safer to walk and bike around the capital.
In their "Pledge to America," after taking control of the House, the GOP promised it would not package unpopular legislation with must-pass bills. They've done the exact opposite with the Transportation Bill.
A "Walk" sign doesn't mean walk. It means wait a couple seconds. Then look both ways. In fact, just keep looking as you cross, in a group if you can. Waving your hand high above your head is a good idea.
In the D.C. area, we have the triple whammy. Back to school traffic, construction on several of our major roadways and the fact that any rain causes half of the region's drivers to lose all ability to effectively operate a motor vehicle.