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Street Safety

September 25, 2019, 8am PDT
The dominant narrative is that streets are for cars and infrastructure that accommodates driving is necessary for cities to grow. But cities ended up this way because of decisions that make other modes secondary.
The Outline
September 17, 2019, 8am PDT
In Portland, Oregon, transportation advocates are questioning the justifications for crosswalk closures in the city.
BikePortland
September 1, 2019, 9am PDT
What do traffic safety and gun violence have in common? A lot, as it turns out. In both cases, hard-hit neighborhoods tend to have suffered from historical disinvestment along racial lines.
Brookings
June 4, 2019, 10am PDT
Separated bike lanes and new pedestrian infrastructure have replaced traffic lanes on a mile of Manassas Street in Memphis.
The Field (ASLA)
June 3, 2019, 11am PDT
New research from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of New Mexico sheds light on how to make cities safer for cyclists and other road users and refutes some assumptions about bike safety, such as "safety-in-numbers."
CU Denver Today
May 31, 2019, 12pm PDT
Reducing the number of traffic lanes to improve bike and pedestrian safety can be inherently controversial when auto travel times are increased, and it can upset motorists further when they learn gas taxes are funding those safety improvements.
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2019, 11am PDT
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took his mother to work on Sunday so she could join him in a panel where he signed life-saving, street safety legislation to reinstate and expand the school zone speed camera program in New York City.
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
May 13, 2019, 9am PDT
Washington, D.C., is not meeting its Vision Zero goals. Three proposed bills would put requirements in place to make traffic safety a priority.
Greater Greater Washington
Blog post
March 3, 2019, 1pm PST
In 2017, New York's highest court held that cities could be held liable for failure to adopt traffic calming policies. Why hasn't this ruling led to safer streets?
Michael Lewyn
January 8, 2018, 2pm PST
Tired drivers working long hours in damaged trucks makes private garbage collection a dangerous business.
Pro Publica
August 2, 2017, 9am PDT
A popular neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is looking for ways to make its main drag more pedestrian friendly.
Greater Greater Washington
July 29, 2016, 9am PDT
An equity strategist offers advice on creating safe streets programs that address systemic racism.
Streetsblog
April 9, 2015, 8am PDT
The Florida DOT has approved Miami's plan to rework busy Biscayne Boulevard. In the spirit of Complete Streets, vehicle lanes will be reduced and pedestrian/bike spaces expanded.
Miami Today
May 21, 2014, 11am PDT
We were told to look both ways before crossing the street—not walk two miles, uphill both ways, in the snow before crossing the street.
Streetsblog USA
January 30, 2014, 5am PST
In the aftermath of recent pedestrian fatalities, a lot of attention has been placed on lowering speed limits across New York City to improve safety. But the city's former traffic commissioner argues that other approaches would be more effective.
New York Daily News
January 25, 2014, 7am PST
It's hard to imagine how the wintry mess blanketing cities across midwest and northeast could improve street safety. But recent snows provide one benefit being touted by safety advocates: temporary curb extensions or "neckdowns" caused by snow banks.
BBC News
December 6, 2013, 5am PST
With traffic deaths in New York City approaching falling homicide rates, calls for improving road safety are increasing. William Bratton, the former and future NYPD Commissioner, has signaled street safety will be a priority, exciting advocates.
WNYC: Transportation Nation
December 28, 2012, 9am PST
WAMU's Michael Pope reports on an Alexandria, VA's plan to level the playing field for bikes, pedestrians and cars by taking out curbs.
WAMU
December 14, 2012, 12pm PST
Want to know how many people drive in your city? The answers are easy to find. But for anyone trying to find out how many people bike and walk, it's not so easy. The result is problematic for safety and spending advocates alike. This may soon change.
DC.Streetsblog
February 8, 2012, 12pm PST
Jane E. Brody reports on the safety features New York City has instituted as part of an ambitious effort to completely re-engineer city streets.
The New York Times