November 26, 2020


A national automakers group is suing to block the implementation of Question 1, the so-called “right to repair” ballot question, claiming the measure would create safety risks to vehicles and upend years of “work and investment” in securing vehicle data.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation filed the action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Friday.

“This Data Law makes personal driving data available to third parties with no safeguards to protect core vehicle functions and consumers’ private information or physical safety,” the group said. “The lawsuit requests that the court find the Data Law unenforceable because it is unconstitutional, and because it conflicts with Federal laws.”

Question 1 asked voters to weigh in on whether they and an independent mechanic of their choice should have access to their car’s telematics data. Telematics data can be used to monitor a car’s performance, crash notifications and a motorist’s location, among other things.

Its passage means the expansion of the existing “right to repair” law to mandate the creation of a mobile app where a car owner can see the telematics data and share it with a mechanic of the owner’s choice. Voting no would have kept the law the way it is.

The new law is set to take effect on Dec. 3.

The trade group says the updated law would undo “years of manufacturers’ work and billions of dollars in investment to protect and secure vehicle data.”

“In addition to its threat to safety, the Data Law risks exposure of vehicle owners’ personal and confidential information (such as telephone call records or lists of places they visit) by making that information available to third parties who are less careful with and less capable of protecting that data,” the group says.

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(The following article originally appeared on the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition website, Celebrate Sitka Cycling, on May 14, 2012.)

In 2008, Sitka became the first Alaska community to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community award. On Monday, May 14, Sitka became the first Alaska community to earn a renewal of its Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

With Monday’s national announcement to kick off National Bike to Work Week, Sitka maintained its bronze level designation in the Bicycle Friendly Community program run by the League of American Bicyclists. Sitka now is one of three recognized communities in Alaska (Anchorage earned a BFC designation in 2009 and Juneau in 2011, also at the bronze level). There currently are 214 communities in 47 states with Bicycle Friendly Community designations (at the platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels). Sitka’s award is good for four years, expiring in February 2016.

“Sitka is pleased to once again receive recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Community and the first city in Alaska to be a repeat recipient,” Sitka Mayor Cheryl Westover said. “Thanks to the many Sitkans who actively support bicycling.”

“This is great news and a great time to thank everyone involved in helping us reach this Sitka Health Summit goal,” said Doug Osborne, who coordinates the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition. “Just the other day, I heard a visitor say how neat it was to see all the people in Sitka who are getting around on bikes. I have to agree, because there so many benefits that come from biking and being a bicycle-friendly town. I’m grateful to everyone who helped us get this designation and the positive national attention that comes with it.”

Sitka first applied for the Bicycle Friendly Community program as one of the community health priority projects chosen during the 2007 Sitka Health Summit, and it was the first project completed. The 2011 Sitka Health Summit supported renewing Sitka’s status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The 2012 Sitka Health Summit takes place on Oct. 3-6 at a variety of locations around Sitka. Over the past five years, the Sitka Health Summit resulted in high-profile projects such as starting the Sitka Farmers Market, expanding community gardens in Sitka, supporting the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, bringing local businesses and insurance companies together to promote employee wellness programs, the Choose Respect mural about domestic violence prevention, planting fruit trees in Sitka and the award-winning Fish to Schools project.

“First and foremost, thanks to the bicycle commuters who are now riding to work at almost 10 times the national average,” Osborne said. “Secondly, thanks to the courteous motorists who are sharing the road. And lastly, thanks to all the groups, workplaces, schools, shops and individuals who have made various contributions over the years.”

In the application feedback form provided by the League of American Bicyclists, Sitka received high marks for its number of regular bike commuters (4.9 percent, nearly 10 times the national average and five times the state average), Sitka’s promotion of National Bike Month