Road Safety

Crosswalk with pedestrians in front of four-story red brick buildings in New Haven, Connecticut

Opinion: Connecticut Vision Zero Bill A Step in the Right Direction

The proposed legislation could energize efforts to eliminate fatal crashes and fix the structural flaws that make roads inherently more dangerous.

February 3, 2023 - CT News Junkie

Overhead view of crosswalk with pedestrian median

Safe Streets Grants Announced

The federal Safe Streets and Roads for All program funds planning and implementation for road safety projects aimed at reducing traffic deaths and building safe infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.

February 2, 2023 - U.S. Department Of Transportation

Pedestrians in zebra crosswalk with green bike lane in downtown Seattle, Washington with three-story brick building in background

Washington Focuses Road Safety Efforts on Individuals, Neglecting Design

Legislative efforts to reduce traffic deaths could move the needle toward Vision Zero, but state leaders failed to commit infrastructure funds to making structural improvements.

February 1, 2023 - The Urbanist

Stoplight with green light and "no right turn on red" pictograph on overhead signal

Traffic Safety Bills Proposed in Washington’s State Legislature

As traffic fatalities continue to climb in Washington and around the country, three proposed state bills would prohibit some right turns on red, reduce the BAC limit for DUI arrests, and require more young drivers to take driver’s education courses.

January 31, 2023 - KATU.com

Sharrow bike markings on black asphalt two-lane road with snowy trees

Early Sharrow Booster: ‘I Was Wrong’

The lane marking was meant to raise awareness and instill shared respect among drivers and cyclists. But their inefficiency has led supporters to denounce sharrows, pushing instead for more robust bike infrastructure that truly protects riders.

January 26, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Traffic on freeway in Houston, Texas with downtown buildings in background

Houston Traffic Deaths Dipped in 2022

Fatal crashes killed slightly fewer people in 2022 than in 2021, but deaths are still significantly higher than in 2019.

January 23, 2023 - Axios

Blurred view from ground level of yellow center lines on asphalt street

How Design Guidelines Can Reduce Road Safety

Signs and markings designed for traffic control can make conditions less safe for pedestrians and other road users.

January 20, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Pedestrians and Cars

New York Speed Limiting Pilot Shows Promising Results

City vehicles equipped with speed limiting technology showed nearly complete compliance with speed limit laws and a significant reduction in hard-braking events.

January 19, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Rendering of grey convertible electric Hummer charging at a charging station against a sunset sky

Electric Car Batteries Spark Weight Concerns

A federal transportation official is warning that electric vehicle batteries, which can weigh thousands of pounds and make cars much heavier than their gas-powered counterparts.

January 16, 2023 - NPR

Multimodal Improvements Coming to Houston

The city is continuing its investment in safety and accessibility improvements for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.

January 15, 2023 - Houston Public Media

Two Chicago elevated trains with city buildings in background

Chicago Transportation Advocates Launch ‘Safe Streets for All’ Coalition

The group brings together advocates for road safety and better transit in the hope of influencing local elections and city policy.

January 12, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

Two-lane street with pedestrian crossing island

What Is a Road Diet?

A road diet ‘trims down’ multilane roadways by reallocating street space to uses other than car traffic, improving safety for pedestrians, encouraging multimodal travel, and enhancing overall livability.

January 9, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

Virginia

How High Costs Derailed Richmond’s Speed Limit Change

After voting to lower speed limits citywide, Richmond found itself with a $5.2 million bill for new signage, prompting the city council to pull the ordinance.

January 8, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Person on bike wearing backpack with small bus and Boston buildings in background

Massachusetts Passes New Road Safety Law

The legislation requires cars to keep four feet away from cyclists and other “vulnerable” road users and eases the process for lowering speed limits on state-owned roads.

January 4, 2023 - The Boston Globe

Black and white 25 mph speed limit sign on post with trees in background

Tacoma’s Lower Speed Limits Take Effect

The city hopes reducing speed limits will help them achieve their Vision Zero pledge.

January 3, 2023 - King 5 News

Jersey City

Jersey City: A Vision Zero Success Story

The city has gone a full year with no traffic deaths while road violence in the rest of the country continues to grow.

December 30, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Red and white Cruise autonomous Chevy Bolt on San Francisco street

Feds Launch Investigation Into Autonomous Vehicle Safety

With self-driving vehicles allowed on public streets in 20 states, federal regulators are beginning to scrutinize the industry for safety concerns.

December 27, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

25mph speed limit sign against blue sky with white clouds

Oregon Cities Could Gain Control Over Speed Limits

A new law would allow cities to lower speed limits without going through an onerous state approval process.

December 22, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Two people on bikes in San Diego, California

California’s Year in Bike Policy

Bike and pedestrian advocates saw some big legislative and political wins in 2022.

December 16, 2022 - CalBike Report

Stoplight with two lights and mounted traffic camera against blue sky with white clouds

Making Traffic Camera Programs Work

Although controversial in the United States, when deployed thoughtfully, automated enforcement can save lives and make roads safer for all users.

December 15, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

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