September 27, 2019, 1pm PDT
Distracted walking is never a great idea. But in New York City at least, texting while walking only led to 2 out of 534 pedestrian deaths from 2014 through 2017.
August 12, 2019, 7am PDT
Augmented reality could boost safety for pedestrians, or it could add another layer of distraction between people and the real world.
May 20, 2019, 6am PDT
A state senator in New York thinks one way to lower the number of pedestrians killed every year is to penalize people who cross the street while looking at their phone.
June 24, 2018, 1pm PDT
Two articles in national publications share findings from recent studies that make it harder to accept the "distracted walking" excuse for increased traffic fatalities.
February 19, 2018, 9am PST
It is illegal to operate a mobile phone to talk, text or listen to music while crossing the street in Montclair, California
December 7, 2017, 5am PST
Crossing the street can be dangerous in the best conditions, but a $500 fine for looking at the phone while crossing the street won't help anything, according to this editorial.
September 7, 2017, 2pm PDT
The Ford Motor Company picks a side in the traffic safety debate.
September 6, 2017, 10am PDT
Pedestrian blaming won't make pedestrians any safer, but cities are trying it anyways.
August 4, 2017, 6am PDT
The Onion's always-sardonic "American Voices" feature allows some totally fake people to respond to Honolulu's recent decision to make it illegal to text while crossing the street on foot.
July 17, 2017, 10am PDT
The Honolulu City Council approved fines for distracted walking—specifically for pedestrians crossing the street while looking at their phones.
March 30, 2017, 11am PDT
Responses to the new pedestrian infrastructure in Bodegraven are likely to say these crosswalk signals in the ground are victim-blaming or Millennial-coddling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 6, 2013, 10am PDT
Carmakers are developing technologies to alert drivers and pedestrians if they are about to collide.
September 5, 2013, 9am PDT
A study finds that 20% of high school students cross the street while being distracted by a digital device.
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