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 …

Results of a study on attitudes of car drivers toward bicyclists

It appears that cars are like guns: Instruments of control and vehicles of intimidation. It is a regular topic of discussion on TreeHugger and other sites like Streetsblog: Why do drivers hate people on bikes so much? Why, when there is a crash, do drivers (and the police) always blame the cyclist? Tara Goddard asked these questions and a whole …

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Cornell University, 26 June 2017, Science Daily Street under flood waters, Bangkok, Thailand. In the year 2100, 2 billion people — about one-fifth of the world’s population — could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University …

Slower speeds are a key to safer cities and better air

   May 2017, World Resources Institute Crowded streets in Bangkok. Photo by Bernard Spragg/Flickr This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and cycling. There is a growing …

Analyzing Bike Collisions Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story – you need near misses too

By Kelsey Thomas, Next City, 9 May 2017 City planners often decide which intersections and roads get safety improvements based on analysis of crash data, but according to a new study, that method may be missing something. A look at “near-miss incidents” by Houston-based Kinder Institute for Urban Research reveals that some streets in critical need of improvement could be …