Traffic Safety

December 9, 2015, 12pm PST
Road diets, whereby the number of traffic lanes are reduced to better accommodate cyclists, can be controversial. But what of the opposite—adding lanes to better accommodate motorists? A cyclist died after such an "improvement." A lawsuit followed.
The State Smart Transportation Initiative
December 2, 2015, 8am PST
Traffic fatalities are on pace to reach 35,000 in the United States this year. Some advocates are saying it's time for traffic engineers to stop blaming the victims.
Better Cities & Towns
November 30, 2015, 5am PST
A string of fatalities has residents and commuters alike ready to explore new options, such as a complete streets plan, to improve the safety of the neighborhood's streets.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
November 18, 2015, 2pm PST
A special investigation by the Chicago Tribune finds inconsistencies and errors with the city's "'Children's Safety Zone" initiative, which places speed camera near schools and parks.
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2015, 11am PST
A new tool from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control allows comparisons between state or metropolitan area on transportation and public health indicators.
Metro Magazine
November 6, 2015, 11am PST
An intrepid mapmaker and data cruncher has created a map that illustrates the ubiquity of fatalities on U.S. roads and highways.
Metrocosm
November 1, 2015, 7am PST
Applications are due on November 6 for a novel position in the world of traffic safety: artist in residence at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2015, 10am PDT
Reports from the California DMV blame human drivers for minor collisions involving Google's self-driving cars. Drive carefully in Mountain View.
Techradar
October 27, 2015, 10am PDT
To some, a protected bike lane saves lives; to others, it threatens the survival of a community.
The Washington Post
Blog post
October 25, 2015, 1pm PDT
This past week at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, planning academics shared their research on planning for bicycles including bike sharing, bicycle education, and the use of cargo bicycles.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
October 19, 2015, 8am PDT
Seattle continues to expand its efforts to improve walkability with the Safe Routes to School Program.
Seattle Bike Blog
October 5, 2015, 10am PDT
The first protected intersection opened in August in Davis, Calif., a university town with the nation's highest percentage of bike commuters. Salt Lake City's new protected intersection is explained on NPR's "Here & Now" report with audio and videos.
WBUR
October 2, 2015, 8am PDT
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, be they prescription, illegal, or marijuana, now accounts for 40 percent of driver fatalities, about the same as alcohol-related deaths, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The Washington Post
September 28, 2015, 10am PDT
Regardless of how San Francisco's proposed Bike Yield Law fares, all California cyclists who are ticketed for not stopping at stop signs may have the option to pay a reduced fine if they opt to attend bike school thanks to a new law signed Sept. 21.
Streetsblog LA
September 25, 2015, 10am PDT
Streetsblog surveys the Texas cities adopting new standards of traffic safety as official policy.
Streetsblog USA
September 10, 2015, 8am PDT
A Louisville case study of the findings and recommendations of the World Resource Institute's "Cities Safer By Design" report.
Broken Sidewalk
September 8, 2015, 1pm PDT
Open data can be a powerful tool for illustrating the risks to public safety that will have to be overcome as more cities adopt Vision Zero initiatives.
Greater Greater Washington
September 7, 2015, 7am PDT
A pair of studies finds separate but related evidence that as more people are biking, more people are getting injured while biking. What to do about it is still under debate.
KPCC
September 4, 2015, 11am PDT
For some reason, many drivers think "Share the Road" means bikers should stay out of their way.
Streetsblog USA
September 3, 2015, 12pm PDT
A study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on September 1 showed steep reductions in speeding in Montgomery County, Maryland, where speed cameras has been in effect since 2007, reducing fatalities and severity of injuries.
The Detroit News