Posts tagged with 'road safety'
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
Obesity Poses a Heavy Problem for Developing Cities
About half of the world now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050, with most urban growth projected to occur in developing countries. As people move to cities at this unprecedented pace ...
Q&A with Chris Zimmerman: The Future of Smart Growth in Arlington
Q&A with Chris Zimmerman: The Future of Smart Growth in Arlington
This interview is part of a bi-weekly series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. Arlington ...
The Complexities of a Biking Transition and the New York City Backlash
The Complexities of a Biking Transition and the New York City Backlash
On November 22 and November 23, 2010, The New York Times gave biking in New York City significant coverage in print. The paper wrote about the city’s plans for a cross-borough bike share system. And then a day later how ...
Friday Fun: The Search for Stylish Helmets
Friday Fun: The Search for Stylish Helmets
As bicycling proliferates, it appears less riders are wearing helmets. In the U.S. half of all riders wear a helmet for a least some trips and only 35 percent for all trips. A Streetsfilm on Vélib’, Paris’ bikeshare program, shows ...
"Naked Streets" Without Traffic Lights Improve Flow and Safety
"Naked Streets" Without Traffic Lights Improve Flow and Safety
Portishead is a coastal town in England about 120 miles west of London. The town of 22,000 people experimented with turning its traffic lights off on a major road in September 2009. Despite the traffic chaos, the streets still seemed ...
New Bicycling Policy In Peru Paves Way For Safer Streets
New Bicycling Policy In Peru Paves Way For Safer Streets
A new national level policy issued in Lima, Peru on October 8 gives priority to strong biking legislation in Peru.  The press release (translated here in English) explains key components of the legislation: “In order to comply with this standard, ...
Q&A with Allison Mannos: Outreach to Immigrant Bikers in Los Angeles
Q&A with Allison Mannos: Outreach to Immigrant Bikers in Los Angeles
This interview is part of a bi-weekly series with sustainable transportation advocates, planners, engineers, journalists, sociologists, and other experts working to shed light on best practices and solutions from across the globe. We welcome your suggestions for future Q&As. We ...
Pedestrian Killed at Dangerous Intersection, Despite Efforts to Improve Safety
Pedestrian Killed at Dangerous Intersection, Despite Efforts to Improve Safety
Two recent incidents involving careless drivers and bikers in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region have area residents wondering whether the new and proposed bike routes and safety measures are actually generating on-the-ground results. Natasha Pettigrew, who was running for Maryland State Senate ...
Arriving at Better Road Safety Measures
Arriving at Better Road Safety Measures
In its recent infographic, GOOD magazine looks at “handful of cities around the world and how often their pedestrians are killed while attempting to traverse” some of the world’s biggest urban landscapes. However, the graphic fails to take into account ...
Out of the Driver's Seat: Are India's Auto-Rickshaws Safe for Pedestrians and Cyclists?
Out of the Driver's Seat: Are India's Auto-Rickshaws Safe for Pedestrians and Cyclists?
Discussion of the road safety issues surrounding motorized transport modes should focus not just on the safety of in-vehicle passengers (passengers using the motorized modes) but also on how motorized modes affect the safety of other non-motorized users of the ...
"Urban Repair Squad" Makes Over São Paulo Streets
"Urban Repair Squad" Makes Over São Paulo Streets
São Paulo, Brazil is notorious for its horrifically congested streets. The city has the world’s sixth most painful commute, and motorization in the metropolitan area of more than 19 million residents is growing by 10 percent per year. But just ...
Guiding Pedestrians: HAWKs in the Lead, While Pelicans and Puffins Fall Behind
Guiding Pedestrians: HAWKs in the Lead, While Pelicans and Puffins Fall Behind
A few weeks ago, we published a post featuring a few ornothologically inspired pedestrian crosswalks, including pelicans, puffins, toucans, and HAWKs. Which is best for pedestrians, we wondered?
Mayoral Bike to Work Day?
Mayoral Bike to Work Day?
Last weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa experienced firsthand why city cyclists are constantly complaining about disrespectful drivers on the streets. Villaraigosa, who began to actively promote biking in L.A. after attending the Copenhagen climate conference in December, was out ...
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
By now, the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving have been well-established. Nearly 30 percent of traffic accidents occur while people are talking or texting. But what about pedestrians and bikers? More and more, distracted pedestrians ...
Kids Safer on the Subway
Kids Safer on the Subway
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of fatal injuries for children one to twelve years old in the United States. In New York City, where kids rely much more on public transit, they die in traffic accidents at less than ...
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