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 …

Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking

By Kelley Coyner – October 3, 2017 – A Mobility Lab top article from 2017 Uri Tamir of Intel’s Mobileye and Mobility Momma last discussed how vehicle cameras can now eliminate blind spots, warn drivers about bikers and walkers, and map bike and pedestrian hot spots.While the brains of automated vehicles may not be able to predict cyclist behavior, Tamir said that Mobileye’s Shield+ technology can still help …

Really committed to zero deaths in transportation?

Is Your City Committed to Vision Zero, or Just Paying Lip Service? in Streetsblog, by Angie Schmitt, Dec 20, 2017  Again this many deaths are from air pollution from fossil fueled vehicles Change in total traffic deaths in six cities, with the year 2010 indexed to 100. The year of Vision Zero adoption is marked in black. Nearly three dozen American cities have …

Bike and Ped Safety Planning

From FHWA, August 2017 The following reports, tools, and guides can serve as useful references as you develop and implement your pedestrian and bicycle safety action plans. Planning and Performance Measurement Resources Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_ pedestrian/publications/performance_measures_guidebook/page02.cfm) Achieving Multimodal Networks: Apply Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ bicycle_pedestrian/publications/multimodal_networks/fhwahep16055.pdf) Bike Network Mapping Idea Book (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/) …

Transportation Engineers Are Ethically Bound to Protect Public Safety. Too Many Do Not.

Excellent conversation on StreetsBlog, following an article by Angie Schmitt, 11 Oct 2017.  A further question is safety from air pollution.  See whole category on that on this website. Transportation engineering practices have produced too many environments that fail to take public safety into account. Licensed transportation engineers are supposed to abide by an ethical code of conduct that places the …

Starling Crossing is a responsive road surface that puts pedestrians first: Smart crosswalk reacts to cars and pedestrians in real time

From Curbed, by Lauren Ro, 13 Oct 2017.  Below this article is one on who drivers are stopping for and not. Starling Crossing puts pedestrians first.  Photos via Dezeen A slew of innovative solutions for roadways has emerged this past year, from solar panel-paved roads to an artificial intelligence-powered program that automatically monitors road conditions. Now another high-tech project can be added to that list. London-based Umbrellium, an urban …

Monsanto’s tobacco moment: Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

By Rene Ebersole, The Nation, October 2017 This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz …