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 …

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/) …