Road Safety

July 28, 2010, 12pm PDT
Blueprint America reports from suburban Atlanta, where getting to the other side of the road is nothing to take for granted.
PBS - Blueprint America
July 12, 2010, 6am PDT
This 4-page summary report (PDF) is a summary of a technical paper attempting to show differences in the reduction in road crashes that result from road diets.
The Highway Safety Information System (U.S. DOT-FHWA)
July 2, 2010, 5am PDT
A recent study shows that traffic fatality rates are lower for children in areas where public transit is widely used.
TheCityFix DC
May 8, 2010, 11am PDT
Police in Gainesville, Florida are trying to encourage drivers to be more cautious of pedestrians with a new sign and driver tracking program that tracks how many drivers are yielding to pedestrians.
The Gainesville Sun
March 13, 2010, 1pm PST
The Infrastructurist examines a new infographic published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of their Global Status Report.
The Infrastructurist
November 11, 2009, 2pm PST
A new report from Transportation for America reveals that over the past 15 years, 76,000 Americans have been killed while crossing or walking along a street in their community.
Transportation for America
September 14, 2009, 12pm PDT
A new study from the University of Leeds claims that drivers are more careful and leave more room for bikers when there is no bike lane.
WorldChanging
September 7, 2009, 11am PDT
London is attempting to make streets safer for cyclists and motorists by turning off traffic lights in one part of the city for a short amount of time.
The New York Times
August 20, 2009, 8am PDT
This oped takes on American street design and blames it for causing countless road injuries and deaths.
The Boston Globe
July 21, 2009, 1pm PDT
The former head of the NHTSA has admitted that he was encouraged to bury the results of a study showing the mounting risk of cellphone use by drivers. The study is being released today under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The New York Times
Blog post
March 31, 2009, 8am PDT

As you may have heard in yesterday's Planetizen Podcast, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine doesn't like cul-de-sacs.

Most news reports on the story have claimed that the state is "forbidding," "banning," or even "outlawing" the cul-de-sac. In fact, Virginia municipalities can still design, build, and approve any road patterns they wish, but the State will no longer agree to foot the bill for the ongoing maintenance of cul-de-sacs. The news item came up in a staff meeting yesterday and one colleague told us that a friend he was having dinner with declared the move "Un-American!"

Jess Zimbabwe
October 2, 2008, 7am PDT
Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a pilot program that uses technology that detects wildlife in order to help drivers avoid hitting them.
Chicago Tribune
June 23, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Traffic signs on American roadways are so numerous and so distracting to drivers that they are having the opposite effect intended, writes John Staddon.</p>
Atlantic Monthly
March 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>High rates of accidents and few bike lanes make Indianapolis a dangerous place to ride a bike, according to this article.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
Blog post
November 27, 2007, 4pm PST
A bit of bizarre news caught my attention recently and it got me thinking. It was about these roads in Japan that had been designed to play music as cars drive over them. The engineers behind this idea cut thousands of grooves into the roadway, separated them by certain specific intervals, and then drove their cars. What resulted is a weird humming melody that reverberates in the cars as they drive. The video linked below showing the roads and their songs is awesome, but so much more could be done.
Nate Berg
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