Archive | Pedestrian Safety

Ticket The Messenger: Cracking Down On Texting While Driving

Driving while talking on a cellphone? The consensus is that this activity is distracting—and therefore potentially dangerous—although reasonable people can (and do) debate the degree of danger it poses, especially while the call is in progress and the driver’s eyes are focused on the road ahead. Texting while driving is even worse. There also is […]

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State Police Crack-Down on Distracted Driving

Traffic fatalities have been on the rise over the past few years, especially deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists resulting from collisions with cars. While statistical reporting methods have not fully caught up to the changes in how we live, drive and communicate, many experts believe that distracted driving—specifically cellphone use while driving—has contributed significantly to […]

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Leave the Driving to… Technology?

  In what is believed to be the first U.S. pedestrian death involving an autonomous vehicle on public roads, a woman in Tempe, Arizona, was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle on March 18. Apparently, she was walking her bicycle across the street, not in a crosswalk, and the Uber—which did have a […]

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A ‘Crash’ Course in the Language of Automobile Safety

A car collides with another car, or with a pedestrian, bicycle, or streetlight. Is it an accident, or a crash? Some people don’t think it’s an important distinction to make. If you agree, and don’t think the word choice matters, consider this take on the history of how manufacturers learned to tilt the language of […]

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Bicycle-Friendly Cities Are Good For Everyone

The willingness of so many city officials to move forward with plans to better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic is a sign that change really is coming. The automobile industry and some motorists may not like it, but the public is demanding bike- and pedestrian-friendly urban design. Leaders are realizing that their cities’ attractiveness—especially to […]

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Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Cities: Is a New Era Upon Us?

Is the “Automobile Age” coming to an end? While this might sound like wishful thinking on the part of mass-transit, bicycling and pedestrian advocates, there is increasing consensus among urban planners that cities need to adapt to the growing demand for shared roadways, walkable neighborhoods and public spaces designed for people, not cars. From London […]

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Distracted Driving: Is It Causing Declines in Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety?

Highway safety analysts use adjectives like “counter intuitive,” “shocking,” and “alarming” when referring to the fact that after three decades of overall declines in traffic fatalities, deaths resulting from road accidents have increased 14 percent over two years from 2014 to 2016. And they’re right. The truly startling aspect of this road safety downturn is […]

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