Permitting rights on red increases pedestrian crashes by 60 percent and bike crashes by 100 percent, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in the 1980s

By Angie Schmitt on May 15, 2018 on Streetsblog Legal right turns on red are practically a given at intersections from rural Oklahoma to urban Boston. But it wasn’t always so. It wasn’t until the 1970s that allowing drivers to turn right during the red signal phase became common across the country, says Bill Schultheiss, a civil engineer at Toole Design Group …

Safety expert says: ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

By Patrick Barkham, in The Guardian.  The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it.  Thu 26 Apr 2018   Dr Mayer Hillman with his bike outside his home in London. Photograph: John Alex Maguire / Rex Features “We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it …

SUVs cause nearly 3x the fatalities as other crashes with pedestrians

Almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed on American streets in 2016, an increase of nearly 50 percent since 2009. The cause of the increase, however, has stumped some safety analysts. Groups like the Governors Highway Safety Association, for example, have advanced theories on “distracted walking,” without much evidence. But a new study from a major group, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, …

It’s time to Stop de Kindermoord (Child Murder): Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society – nothing matters more than human lives. It means that safety is prioritized over speed and drivers’ convenience.

By Lloyd Alter, 8 Mar 2018  Public Domain Public Archives/ NL cycling Vision Zero has become a meaningless response to continuing tragedy; we have to learn from the Dutch. Vision Zero is a lovely concept; In Sweden, where it started, they believe that “Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society” – nothing matters more than …

Taking a longer, harder look at the research that shows that more equal societies also turn out to be safer societies

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org, March 2018 Last month’s homicidal horror at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has Americans searching for answers to the most elemental question a parent can ever ask. How can we, Americans want to know, protect our kids? Overwhelming majorities of us, the polls tell us, feel that the answer involves some sort of meaningful limits on …

Security risk: retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks

Also, in this morning’s Washington Examiner, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway, articulate both why and how to strike a deal that serves America’s interests. They write:  The reopening of the midterm evaluation of fuel efficiency standards has created an opportunity to strengthen and modernize the fuel economy regime. As technology offers a …

Road diet bridges a barrier, boosts safety

A breakthrough design on La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego cuts crashes by 90 percent and gives local business a shot in the arm.  This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors, funded by the Federal Highway Administration. By ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JAN. 10, 2018 CNU The reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard …

New coalitions are putting their data analytics and technology capabilities toward helping cities tackle crashes and create safer roads

2 Jan 2018, Fast Company, Can The Private Sector Help Cities Stop Traffic Deaths?  Through a new coalition, companies like AT&T, IBM, and AB InBev are putting their data analytics and technology capabilities toward helping cities tackle crashes and create safer roads. [Photo: LiHS/iStock] BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI5 MINUTE READ The city of Atlanta has a problem on North Avenue, a major road that …