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Attempting to Gauge the Impact of “Near-Miss” Incidents on Houston’s Streets

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We've all had this experience while walking or biking -- someone cutting us off, or swerving, leaving us catching our breath and thinking, "That was close." Close encounters, just inches away from being a collision, have a big impact on how we think about street safety, but they're not well understood, since they're rarely, if ever, reported. A new report out of Houston attempts to gauge the impact of these "near-miss" incidents.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Governor Abbott Not Sure If He Will Sign or Veto Texting While Driving Ban (Tribune)
  • …You Can Call (512) 463-1782 To Let Him Know Where You Stand
  • Will Federal Judges Drawing Congressional District Maintain Anti-Urban Bias? (Tribune)
  • TXDOT, HGAC Already “Swapping” Millions in Response to #TXLege Anti-Toll Actions (HGAC)
  • 183 South Highway Widening the Largest Highway Project Ever in Austin Region (KXAN)
  • Five Days Left to Shape Capital Metro High Capacity Transit Plans — AURA Has Guidance
  • Metro Establishes Policy for More Suburban Areas to Pay for Transit (HPM)
  • ICYMI: President Trump Undoes Requirement Austin & San Antonio MPOs Plan as One (Eno)

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  • San Antonio Was the Fastest Growing City in Texas Last Year (Yonah Freemark)
  • TXDOT Sunset Bill Conferees Have Four Days to Keep TXDOT Alive (Statesman)
  • Spend $600M on a Single Freeway Intersection or Fix 375 Urban Intersections? (Community Impact)
  • Houston Metro Offering Free Summer Transit Pass to All K-12 Students (Defender Network)
  • If Texas Tea Party Doesn’t Want Toll Roads, the Answer Is Transit and Urbanism (Houston Chron)
  • DART Considering Fare Hikes That It Knows Will Cause 3% Reduction in Ridership (Observer)
  • Uber Will Return to Austin on Monday (Tribune)

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  • City of Austin Takes to the Airwaves to Publicize Goal of Zero Deaths by 2025
  • City of Belton Installing Traffic Circle for Safety and Traffic Flow Benefits (KXXV)
  • There Are Three High-Speed Rail Related Bills on Governor Abbott’s Desk (TTI)
  • Capital Metro Signs New Contract With HNTB for General Planning Services (Monitor)
  • TXDOT Decides Not to Sprawl Headquarters Out of Austin (Statesman)
  • ICYMI: TXDOT-Funded “Research” Tends to Tilt Toward Road Building (Statesman)
  • Staff Say Council Could Ask for Removal of Inequitable Neighborhood Plans from CodeNEXT (KUT)
  • Austin Bicycle Advisory Council Proposes Accessible “Drive Through” Policy to Council (Monitor)

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  • Advocates of Texting Ban Call on Abbott to Support HB 62 — Call Him at 512-463-1782
  • KTMPO Working to Improve Biking and Walking With Interactive Map (KCENTV)
  • Ridership on Houston Metro‘s Low-Performing Light Rail Lines Doubled From May 2015 to April 2017
  • Austin Forcing Capital Metro to Redo Utilities as Part of Station Upgrade (Monitor)
  • Advocates Convince West Dallas Landlord to Sell Rental Properties to Tenants (Morning News)
  • Capital Metro Project Connect Technical Documents Now Available Online
  • Capital Metro Running Free Ride-Hailing Pilot Program to Replace Low-Ridership Bus
  • School Bus Driver Kills 5-Year-Old Boy and Grandmother on High Speed Road (ABC13)

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  • With House Agreement to Amendment, HB 62 — the Texting Ban — Heads to Governor’s Desk
  • Rep. Israel’s Vision Zero Action Plan Rider in Budget Bill Has Reportedly Been Stripped Out
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills 91-Year-Old Woman Killed in Houston Heights (Houston Chron)
  • Three-Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Draylon Ish, 44 (Morning News)
  • Police Find Tawana Atkins 3 Weeks After She Killed Reginald Lauderdale Riding a Bike (cw39)
  • #TXLege Unwittingly Set to Pass a Major Strongtowns / Urban3 Agenda Item (Statesman)
  • San Antonio/Austin Corridor Now Leading the Nation’s Sprawl (New York Times)

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  • San Antonio Council Runoff Presents Different Visions of How to “Attack Traffic” (Rivard)
  • City of Houston Figures Out ADA Crosswalk After Resident Complains for a Year (HPM)
  • Senator Garcia’s School Bus Seat Belt Bill Passes House on 1st Reading Unchanged (Tribune)
  • Colleyville Widening 4-Lane Road That Austin Would Put on a Road Diet Instead (Community Impact)
  • Will Dallas’s November Bond Vote Fund the Bike Plan and Complete Streets? (Walkable DFW)
  • Dallas Area Single Family Homeowners Unaware That Renters Can Be Affluent Too (Morning News)
  • TTI Maintaining List of Laws #TXLege Has Passed This Session Related to Transportation
  • Periodic Reminder Houston’s 290 Project Provides No Transit Improvement (Houston Chron)

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  • #TXLege Sends Statewide Ride Hailing Regulations to Governor Abbott (KUT)
  • Uber Will Go Live in Austin the Day the Governor Overrules Local Regulations (Statesman)
  • TXDOT Hearing on Deal for Private Entity to Finish Ecological Disaster Around Houston
  • Volunteers Use Parking Mobility App to Help Keep Parking Spots for People with Disabilities (KXAN)
  • TXDOT San Antonio Claims “Bikes Contribute $0 to Transportation Budgets”
  • Fort Worth Council Wants to Team Up With Dallas to Build High-Speed Rail (Mass Transit)
  • Texas Central Close to a Deal With Designer-Builder for HOU-DFW High-Speed Rail (NBCDFW)
  • NCTCOG Claims Growth Causes Increasing Traffic, Contradicting TXDOT Data (NBCDFW)

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