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Two cyclists riding on a protected bike lane on a bridge in Seattle with traffic on their left.

Seattle Road Safety Advocates Say Transportation Levy Perpetuates Car-Centric Status Quo

Critics of a proposed $1.3 billion transportation levy say the package isn’t enough to keep up with inflation and rising costs and fails to support a shift away from car-oriented infrastructure.

April 15, 2024 - Publicola

Chicago fire department fire truck driving down street with blurred background indicating motion at nighttime.

Balancing Road Diets With Emergency Access

Examples from the Netherlands show how bike lanes and traffic calming can coexist with effective emergency response.

April 10, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

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

San Francisco Bans Right Turns on Red at 200 Intersections

More cities are reversing the 1970s policy due to its disproportionate involvement in pedestrian crashes.

April 8, 2024 - Axios

View of blurred traffic on South Beach, Miami street at nighttime.

Florida Law Targets ‘Activist’ Road Diets

Gov. DeSantis signed a transportation law that complicates the process for lane reductions, despite the rising number of pedestrian deaths in the state.

April 8, 2024 - Florida Politics

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

Police office standing next to sedan he just pulled over at night with police car in background.

Report: Federal Policies to Make Traffic Enforcement More Equitable

Recommendations for how USDOT can guide more equitable traffic enforcement that improves traffic safety and protects vulnerable populations.

March 26, 2024 - Center for American Progress

Bird-s eye view of multi-lane road intersection with medians and crosswalks.

Opinion: What American Transportation Engineering Gets Wrong

And how transportation decisions could more effectively prioritize safety.

March 13, 2024 - Streetsblog San Francisco

One cyclist on yellow bike crossing vintage concrete bridge in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Approves Road Safety Measure

Voters expressed strong support for road safety improvements.

March 8, 2024 - Streetsblog LA

Two-lane highway with solid yellow center line and one car driving away against backdrop of red rock formations in Nevada.

Traffic Deaths Rise Sharply on Western Roads

The region is seeing higher rates of road deaths in part due to larger vehicles, high speed limits, and inadequate pedestrian infrastructure.

March 5, 2024 - High Country News

Yellow 'Yield to pedestrians' sign with graphic sign of person walking across street.

Pedestrian Deaths Tick Down — But Rose 58 Percent in the Last Decade

Road fatalities fell by a meager 4 percent in the first half of 2023.

February 27, 2024 - Governors Highway Safety Association

Man on bike rides next to parked cars.

Opinion: How Vehicle-to-Everything Tech Can Protect Cyclists

The technology could enable cars and bikes to communicate and reduce collisions.

February 22, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of 'No Right Turn on Red' sign in San Francisco, California.

Denver Road Safety Advocates Call for Banning Right Turns on Red

The city could join others that have ended the practice, which contributes to the high number of pedestrian deaths.

February 20, 2024 - ABC 7

Cyclists in bike lane with red streetcar in background on urban street.

Study: Bike Infrastructure Makes Roads Safer for All

Higher cycling rates are associated with significantly lower traffic deaths.

February 6, 2024 - Momentum Magazine

55 miles per hour speed limit sign.

A Long-Lost Federal Speed Limit Rule Would Save Thousands of Lives

After the federal government set maximum highway speed limits at 55 miles per hour, states spent decades undermining the rule.

February 1, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

Low close-up of front of large parked pick-up truck.

Study Zeroes in on Dangers of Taller Vehicles

Taller hoods are a major contributor to crashes that kill pedestrians.

January 26, 2024 - Wired

70 mph speed limit sign with bullet holes on southwestern highway with desert mountains in background.

California Bill Would Require Speed Governors on Cars

The legislation would call for speed-limiting technology on cars made and sold in the state that would keep speeds to no more than 10 miles over the posted speed limit.

January 25, 2024 - San Francisco Chronicle

Green separated bike lane in Tampa, Florida.

Tampa Road Safety Efforts Pay Off

The city’s Vision Zero initiative, bolstered by federal Safe Streets funds, has led to a significant drop in traffic deaths.

January 24, 2024 - Tampa Free Press

White and blue police SUV pulling over small white sedan in front of 45 mph speed limit sign.

Busting a Common Myth About Speeding

Drivers sometimes defend speeding by arguing that it is safe as long as other drivers are also speeding. This argument only makes sense in the context of a limited-access highway.

January 23, 2024 - Michael Lewyn

Aerial view of Denver, Colorado skyline at golden hour.

Denver Road Fatalities at Record High in 2023

The city says it is accelerating its Vision Zero initiative to improve road safety for pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

January 18, 2024 - The Denver Gazette

View of wide street in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Federal Rural Road Safety Funding Falls Short of Requests

Despite high rates of traffic deaths, rural communities lack the resources to address road safety issues.

January 10, 2024 - The Daily Yonder

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