January 25, 2021

After protests, Spokane Police Department trains new officers for Bicycle Rapid Response Team

After a Spokane protest devolved into a riot in May, Spokane Police Department tactical team leader Lt. Dave Overhoff knew it was time to get his planned Bicycle Rapid Response Team ready to work.

Overhoff took over the tactical team that works such community events as Hoopfest, Pig Out in the Park and various parades about two years ago.

“One of my visions was to bring the TAC team up to 21st century policing. This was really conducive to our mission, vision and values of our department,” Overhoff said of the bike team. “It had a lot to do with the community outreach that we had envisioned.”

The bike unit is ideal for crowd control and community engagement, Overhoff said.

After the George Floyd protest on May 31 in Spokane ended with officers using tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse protesters, Overhoff’s team trained the entire next week

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Department of Transportation and Infrastructure advisory board

If passed, this measure would create an unpaid, 19-member Board of Transportation and Infrastructure. Denver City Council members would appoint 13 of those board members and the mayor would appoint the remainder. The board would then advise the head of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on policy and operations. It would also review and comment on the department’s annual budget.

The case for: The board could offer additional oversight and expertise for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, the budget for which comprises a substantial amount of the entire city’s budget and covers important public works projects and improvements.

The case against: It’s unclear whether the board would have substantial mechanisms to ensure its recommendations are followed. Also, additional board review procedures could slow public works projects and the budget process.

Ballot question: “Shall the Charter of the City and County of Denver be amended to

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The Department of Transportation Says It’s Not There to Ensure Passenger Safety

In late July, members of 33 transportation unions—flight attendants, pilots, TSA inspectors, ferry workers, bus drivers, and others—filed an official petition with the Department of Transportation begging for a federal mask mandate on all commercial transportation.

Such a move clearly would have made sense. Trains, planes, and buses cross state lines, so the only way to have consistent measures for the protection of these workers at all times would be for the federal government to set the rules.

It took until Friday, October 2, for the DOT to issue its response—and it’s stunning.

The same day President Trump was evacuated to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment of Covid-19, a letter from the DOT (led by Elaine Chao, the wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell) went out.

It said, basically, Sorry, workers, we don’t want to help you.

Acting as deputy secretary for the DOT, General Counsel Steven

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Arkansas Department of Transportation, NIC Arkansas Earn Government Experience Award

IDrive Arkansas recognized for leveraging innovative IT to enhance services and citizen experience

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) awarded the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) a State Project Experience Award for its IDrive Arkansas platform. The IDrive Arkansas platform was developed in partnership with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) and NIC Arkansas.

ARDOT was one of 10 national winners and was recognized for using the web to radically improve the government experience while innovating how services are delivered.

“We are honored to be recognized for enhancing the citizen travel experience across the state,” said Denise Powell, Digital Content Coordinator for ARDOT. “By allowing Arkansas motorists to view real-time road and weather conditions from any device, IDrive makes it possible to plan safer travel routes and potentially reduce traffic jams, vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths on Arkansas roadways.”

As the first interactive travel map in the state, IDrive Arkansas

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US Department of Transportation rejected mask mandate on public transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected a petition from a labor union Friday that would issue a departmentwide mandate requiring all passengers on DOT-approved transportation to wear masks, underscoring the lack of universal health protocols deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the federal government.

In a letter dated Oct. 2, a petition created by Larry Willis, the president of Transportation Trades Department, a union within the AFL-CIO organization, was rejected for implementation as a rule on Department of Transportation-regulated commercial vehicles. 

The petition reportedly urged the DOT to “promulgate a regulation mandating that passengers traveling with DOT-regulated commercial transportation providers wear masks or face coverings,” primarily out of concern for the health and safety of industry workers who conduct their jobs in frequently traveled public spaces with circulated air, putting them at an increased risk for contracting a COVID-19 infection.


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Department of Transportation rejects a public transit mask mandate

  • The US Department of Transportation on Friday turned down a petition by a group of labor unions who sought a federal mask requirement for passengers riding on public transportation, according to a Rolling Stone report.
  • In a letter to the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO labor federation, the administration took the position of deeming additional rules as unnecessary.
  • The announcement came on the same day that President Trump revealed that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the coronavirus.
  • At a virtual town hall on Saturday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the department “stupidly” rejected the petition.
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The US Department of Transportation on Friday turned down a petition by a group of labor unions who sought a federal mask requirement for passengers riding on major modes of transit, including airplanes, buses, trains.

In a letter to the Transportation Trades

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Bicycle | Department of Public Safety


Campus bicycle registration is required. 

Luckily, it is FREE, simple and only has to be completed once!


Securing your Bicycle:

Bike Rack

All bicycles on campus must be secured to a bicycle rack.

Bicycles secured to anything other than a bicycle rack are considered improperly secured and may be fined, immobilized or impounded. 

Bicycle racks are provided outside of each residence hall and major academic buildings.

U-shaped locks are recommended for the security of your bicycle.

Bicycles may also be stored in your room with the agreement of all roommates.

Abandoned Bicycles:

At the end of each Spring semester, any bicycle that is not Tagged will be considered abandoned. Abandoned bicycles will be removed from campus just after Spring graduation.

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