Distracted Walking

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.
Nov 4, 2013   Governing
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.
Oct 15, 2013   San Francisco Chronicle
Carmakers are developing technologies to alert drivers and pedestrians if they are about to collide.
Sep 6, 2013   The Car Connection
A study finds that 20% of high school students cross the street while being distracted by a digital device.
Sep 5, 2013   WNYC: Transportation Nation
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.
May 17, 2013   PSFK
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.
Sep 20, 2012   The New York Times
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.
Jul 31, 2012   Los Angeles Times
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.
Jan 22, 2012   Transportation for America: campaign blog
Trista Kelley reports on an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths for those wearing headphones.
Jan 18, 2012   Bloomberg/Business Week