55. Mayor Pete at the Drive-Thru

By December 30, 2020 Uncategorized

The best thing you can say about 2020 is that it was the year that, well, was. In this year-end roundup, Aaron, Sarah and Doug take some listener voice memos and respond to the stories that flew across the War on Cars news desk. Is it a Good Thing or a Bad Thing that Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been named the next Transportation Secretary? What will it mean for the future of the “third space” now that fast food restaurants are ditching indoor dining and retooling their parking lots and drive-thrus to cater to online orders? What’s the connection between a massive diesel tampering scandal in America and a landmark public health case in the UK? And what will it take to sustain the pandemic-induced bike boom into next year and beyond?

Find the full transcript of this episode here.


Mayor Pete Buttigieg to become Secretary Pete Buttigieg. (New York Times)

$14 billion to help stave off transit cuts… for now. (Bloomberg News)

Using a Lincoln Aviator not for driving but as a personal sanctuary. (iSpot.TV)

How COVID-19 upended the design of fast food restaurants. (CNN)

Failing to credit Sarah Goodyear, Ford CEO Bill Ford says “cars and trucks in some ways are the ultimate personal protective equipment.” (New York Times

Owners of diesel pickup trucks have been tampering with their vehicles’ emissions control technology, “allowing excess emissions equivalent to 9 million extra trucks on the road.” (New York Times)

Air pollution a cause of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah’s death, rules UK court. (CNN)

How to keep the bike boom from fizzling out. (Andrew J. Hawkins/Verge)

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