Distracted Walking

March 25, 2016, 12pm PDT
Having launched a pedestrian safety campaign focused on education, legislators may go a step further to tackle another 'E'—enforcement. But rather than drivers, pedestrians looking down at their smart phones will be the targets.
December 13, 2015, 11am PST
Everyone seems to do it, in fact you may be doing it right now, but beware the injuries that await from distracted walking.
New York Times - Well
October 4, 2015, 7am PDT
It's serious, and the data is surprising. You need not be a pedestrian to experience injury while walking using your cell phone: half of all injuries occurred in the home. Two thirds of all walking-using-cell phone injuries were females.
The Washington Post
September 22, 2014, 11am PDT
Citing anecdotal evidence from Montgomery County, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and China, a Washington Post article argues that cell phones are creating public safety concerns.
The Washington Post
September 16, 2014, 5am PDT
In both a literal and figurative sign of the times, the Chinese city of Chongqing recently installed signage and marking to segregate pedestrian traffic between smartphone users and those walking free of such technological distractions.
The Washington Post
November 4, 2013, 9am PST
With smartphone use eclipsing 60% of mobile subscribers, "distracted walking" is a growing problem in communities across the United States. Portland is testing out several technologies to prevent pedestrians from walking in front of buses.
October 15, 2013, 9am PDT
Former Treasury Secretary LaHood made distracted driving a pet cause. The dangers of walking and texting are well documented. But would could straphangers have to fear from smartphones? Plenty, as the death of a S.F. Muni rider illustrates.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2013, 10am PDT
Carmakers are developing technologies to alert drivers and pedestrians if they are about to collide.
The Car Connection
September 5, 2013, 9am PDT
A study finds that 20% of high school students cross the street while being distracted by a digital device.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
May 17, 2013, 2pm PDT
New York City's DOT recently launched a pilot program to make city streets safer for those texting while walking. Well not really. But for some trusting New Yorkers, “Seeing Eye People” is a service worth utilizing.
September 20, 2012, 2pm PDT
In an effort to make the city's streets safer for the legions of distracted pedestrians gazing downwards at guidebooks and phone screens, NYC is taking a page from its compatriots in London and installing exhortations to “LOOK!” in its crosswalks.
The New York Times
July 31, 2012, 12pm PDT
Likely of little surprise to anyone who's found themselves among the few pedestrians not gazing down at a cell phone on a busy urban street, 'distracted walking' is fast becoming a major public health hazard across the U.S., reports Deborah Netburn.
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2012, 7am PST
A pedestrian safety study from the University of Maryland overstates the perils of walking while using headphones, while ignoring a fundamental reason for auto-pedestrian accidents--dangerous streets lacking adequate infrastructure for pedestrians.
Transportation for America: campaign blog
January 18, 2012, 9am PST
Trista Kelley reports on an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths for those wearing headphones.
Bloomberg/Business Week