Pedestrians

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Traffic Safety Efforts Chug Ahead — Too Slowly for Some

Around the United States, traffic deaths are growing or plateauing, yet efforts to make roads safer still face political opposition.

May 30, 2024 - KFF Health News

Young man in wheelchair crossing zebra crosswalk.

How to Protect Pedestrians With Disabilities

Public agencies don’t track traffic deaths and injuries involving disabled people, leaving a gap in data to guide safety interventions.

March 28, 2024 - Governing

Yellow pedestrian caution sign next to a zebra crosswalk.

FHWA Proposes Changes to Highway Safety Requirements

The proposed rule change would require states to include vulnerable road users in their road safety plans.

March 7, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Red Los Angeles Fire Department fire truck parked on pier in San Pedro, California at Port of Los Angeles.

Safe Streets Ballot Measure Runs Into Unexpected Opposition

Los Angeles's Measure HLA would compel the city to make serious upgrades for walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation, all in the name of saving lives. Its biggest opponent: the firefighters union.

February 26, 2024 - California Planning & Development Report

Low view of empty crosswalk at night from middle of street with blurred cars speeding by on both sides.

The Vicious Cycle at the Heart of Pedestrian Safety

When people feel unsafe, they walk less; with fewer pedestrians, walking becomes less safe.

December 17, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Person on bike riding across zebra crosswalk in city.

A Little-Known Loophole Puts Cyclists at Risk

Crosswalk laws in most U.S. states don’t offer legal protections to people on bikes, scooters, or mobility devices.

November 23, 2023 - Des Moines Register

An image of pedestrians walking across the Millennium Bridge toward St. Paul's cathedral in London.

Report: Walking Rates Down in All US States

While walking trips decline, driving is back to near-pre-pandemic levels.

November 3, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Yellow school crossing sign with two figures and brick buildings in background.

Crosswalks Near NYC Schools More Dangerous Than Average

A child and a crossing guard were killed in school crosswalks within one week as the NYPD cuts crossing guard jobs.

October 31, 2023 - Curbed

A map depicting a row of cities long a highway, focusing on the city of Kaplan with surrounding cities blurred.

Louisiana Town Sets Permanent Curfew for Walking and Biking

Public perceptions about noise and drugs have led the city of Kaplan in Louisiana to prohibit walking and biking at night.

July 13, 2023 - KLFY

Close-up of the feet of pedestrians in a crosswalk

2022 Deadliest Year for Pedestrians in Four Decades

Pedestrian deaths reached a four-decade high last year, signaling the failure of Vision Zero policies in most U.S. cities.

June 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

People walking on the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain

The Joy of Walking

An essay meditating on the simple pleasures of a good walk.

March 28, 2023 - The New York Times

Snow-covered Chicago sidewalk with piles of snow on either side and red brick homes on the right

Chicago Could Start Plowing Sidewalks Next Winter

Keeping sidewalks free of snow has historically been the task of adjacent property owners, forcing pedestrians and people with mobility challenges to navigate a patchwork of conditions. A new ordinance would place the responsibility on the city.

March 16, 2023 - Block Club Chicago

Google Street View of Third Avenue in Seattle with buses and pedestrians

Op-Ed: A Bold but Attainable Vision for Seattle’s Third Avenue

The editorial board of The Urbanist lays out their plan for a reimagined Third Avenue that plays to the strengths of the corridor while improving safety and transit service.

October 20, 2022 - The Urbanist

Pedestrian stoplight with green 'walk' silhouette lit up and blurry city buildings in background

Opinion: California Jaywalking Law a Step in Right Direction

A new law doesn’t fully decriminalize jaywalking, but bars law enforcement from issuing citations to pedestrians when crossings aren’t ‘truly dangerous.’

October 11, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Pedestrian bridge over the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California

Why So Many Pedestrians Die on Freeways

Close to one fifth of pedestrian deaths in the United States happen on controlled-access freeways, suggesting a critical need for safety improvements on major roads.

June 13, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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Local Opposition Threatens San Diego’s Last ‘Slow Street’

Residents in Pacific Beach want the city to revise its design of the Diamond Street ‘slow street,’ the last remaining segment of pandemic-era pedestrian-oriented road in the city.

April 26, 2022 - San Diego Union-Tribune

Google Maps street view of intersection of Romaine and Serrano in Los Angeles, California

DIY Crosswalks Appear in Hollywood

A group claiming the city of Los Angeles fails to protect pedestrians is taking action on their own, painting a set of crosswalks at a busy residential intersection.

April 4, 2022 - NPR

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AARP Releases DIY Walk Audit

An updated 'walk audit toolkit' lets you assess pedestrian safety in your neighborhood and advocate for improvements.

February 17, 2022 - Streetsblog California

Florida Pedestrians

Opinion: Road Safety Data Should Include Close Calls

Even in the absence of lethal collisions, the experience of repeated near-misses can discourage pedestrians from walking and degrade public perception of road safety.

January 25, 2022 - NextCity

A group of cyclists rides on a green painted bike line on the Embarcadero in Sa Francisco.

Caltrans Issues New Complete Streets Policy

A policy released by the California Department of Transportation in December will require Complete Streets elements in all state road projects.

January 11, 2022 - Streetsblog California

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