Traffic Safety

Safety experts, like NHTSA, and safety advocates, like bicycle and pedestrian organizations, have replaced the commonly used "accident" with "crash" or similar nouns. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones asks if it really makes a difference.
2 days ago   Mother Jones
A new study indicates that the safest urban streets have lanes that measure 10-10.5 feet wide. Narrower and wider lanes have higher crash frequencies, and wider lanes have higher crash severity.
Jun 2, 2015   Streetsblog USA
As the debate between ‘traditional’ transportation engineering and smarter cities continues, professionals should consider by what measure of success they want to be remembered.
May 28, 2015   Moving Urban Ideas Lab
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Much of my life's work is based on the optimistic assumptions that people are basically intelligent and so will respond favorably to good planning and rational economic incentives such as smart growth and Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Blog Post
May 25, 2015   By Todd Litman
Seattle Bike Blogger Tom Fucoloro directed his ire at the Bellevue, Washington police treatment of a particularly horrendous pedal misapplication crash by a new driver that came within inches of hitting a nine-month old baby asleep in a crib.
May 24, 2015   Seattle Bike Blog
After breaking down the reasons why left turns are so dangerous, it's also obvious how difficult a problem they are to solve.
May 13, 2015   WNYC
A suburban city in the East Bay Area will allow commuters to use a new app that links their smartphones to traffic lights.
Apr 24, 2015   San Jose Mercury News
A new study finds that as travel speed increases, so too does the likelihood that drivers will fail to yield to pedestrians crossing legally with the right-of-way.
Apr 23, 2015   State Smart Transportation Initiative
Two streets in Akron, one-way and four or five lanes across, have become too much of a safety hazard, and city officials are ready to make a change.
Apr 20, 2015   WKYC
Education, Engineering, and Enforcement. MTA police are taking the last one very seriously at grade crossings they monitor on the Metro-North and LIRR lines since the February crash in Westchester County that killed five passengers and a motorist.
Apr 13, 2015   The Wall Street Journal
An editorial explains that the fear inspired by shared streets—the idea that pedestrians, bikes, and cars have equal claim to navigate the street without the regulatory layer implemented by traffic engineers—is exactly why they work.
Apr 11, 2015   The American Conservative