Traffic Safety

April 16, 2019, 2pm PDT
A new study provides more evidence that people on bikes need more of a buffer from drivers in cars than a mere strip of paint can offer.
Streetsblog USA
April 11, 2019, 9am PDT
The Oregon State Legislature is moving forward with Senate Bill 998, which includes an amendment that would legalize the practice of rolling through stop signs and blinking red lights on a bike when no car traffic is present.
OPB
April 10, 2019, 9am PDT
All of Portland's 3,000 miles of residential streets now have a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. Similar changes could be coming to more Oregon cities in the future.
The Oregonian
April 10, 2019, 7am PDT
A committee chair changed his mind about the consequences of a bill that would ban red light cameras in the entire state of Texas. The legislator didn't want, to paraphrase, blood on his hands.
The Dallas Morning News
April 5, 2019, 6am PDT
The state of Arkansas is now the second station in the nation to completely legalize the Idaho Stop—a frequently practiced maneuver on bikes that advocates say is a key to bike safety and comfort on the streets.
Streetsblog USA
April 2, 2019, 1pm PDT
After nearly 20 years of progress in pedestrian safety, fatalities started climbing again in 2010. In 2018, pedestrian deaths jumped to levels not seen in decades.
NPR
April 1, 2019, 9am PDT
Pundits agree that planners need to prepare for self-driving cars. Self-driving cars still need to prepare for planners.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
April 1, 2019, 6am PDT
General Motors recently cancelled development of "Defensive Driving" software in its autonomous vehicle program. The announcement came just days after Ford announced it had cancelled the development of similar "Safe Driving" software.
Planetizen April 1st Edition
March 18, 2019, 10am PDT
Liberty Street was once a narrow, urban street. Now it's seven lanes of unsafe speeds and pedestrian risks. The city has a plan to greatly reduce the number of traffic lanes on the street, or another plan that won't.
WCPO
March 13, 2019, 11am PDT
Seattle is working toward its Vision Zero goals, after a year in which most people killed by drivers in the city were pedestrians.
The Seattle Times
Blog post
March 13, 2019, 9am PDT
Recent news has revealed some cracks in the pavement below the speedy wheels of electric scooter share.
James Brasuell
March 10, 2019, 11am PDT
A new paper accounts for all the ways "the legal system puts its thumb on the scale for drivers to the detriment of everyone else: transit users, cyclists and pedestrians."
Streetsblog USA
March 7, 2019, 6am PST
The automated decision-making processes of self-driving cars are ill equipped to protect that safety of people of color in public.
Vox
March 5, 2019, 7am PST
Car manufacturers are expected to strongly opposed regulations that would require speed limiting technology in all new cars.
Forbes
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
March 2, 2019, 7am PST
The work of the Portland Bureau of Transportation on NE Tillamook Street is a perfect example of how a little bit of money can go a long way for traffic safety.
Bike Portland
February 25, 2019, 12pm PST
As cities strive to improve mobility for all users, the existing auto paradigm is slow to change
The Conversation
February 23, 2019, 5am PST
A new law in the nation's capital will fine people on bikes caught listening to headphones as a Vision Zero traffic safety measure.
DCist
February 17, 2019, 1pm PST
The environmental assessment for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, released on February 15, 2019, promises to be controversial.
The Oregonian
February 15, 2019, 5am PST
A satirical article published by The Onion tells a familiar tale.
The Onion