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Learning from better bicycle/vehicle crash reporting: Improving safety and infrastructure

By Mary Ebeling A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention makes a strong case for better bicycle/motor vehicle crash reporting as a way to improve bicycling safety. The quality of these crash reports currently varies widely, with helmet use and use of other protective equipment

Research shows the indirect economic benefit of public transportation

By Robbie Webber A study done by Cambridge Systematics for NCHRP Project 20-65 examined the indirect economic benefits to society of state investment in public transportation. The study found there are substantial cost savings to other government programs due to increased access to jobs, health

Removing curbs, lane markings, and signage to create a better street

By Bill Holloway In an effort to create a safer, more inviting environment for walkers and bicyclists, the City of Chicago is beginning construction on its first “shared street” project. The idea behind shared streets, also known as woonerfs or living streets, is to erase the boundaries

Unintended consequences: learning from managing traffic volumes on express toll lanes

By Mary Ebeling Despite the prevalence of anti-tolling sentiment reported in the press, cities like Atlanta and Los Angeles that operate variably priced toll lanes have seen early skepticism give way to heavy use of these lanes by commuters. These successes and the approaches taken by the two

Crowdsourced data gives DOTs added insight on road conditions

By Chris McCahill The Oregon DOT recently announced a new partnership with Waze—a navigational app that collects crowdsourced traffic information from its users and employs the data in real time. Florida was among the first states to sign an agreement with Waze in May 2014, granting them access

USDA documents transportation barriers to food access among low-income households

By Bill Holloway Recently released findings from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) provide a valuable glimpse into how low-income people access food and the challenges they face meeting this most basic need. The survey, which involved 4,286 households, provides

Transportation engineers question the use of common practices and metrics

By Chris McCahill This month, for at least the second time in a year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers has challenged its members to rethink common practices and metrics that are often thought of as objective and unbiased, but that convey values that aren’t necessarily in line with the

New critique identifies troubling errors in FHWA’s report on driver distraction from digital signs

By Bill Holloway It is common wisdom that driver distraction, whether due to texting, talking on the phone, or other causes, increases the risk of crashes. A 2006 Virginia Tech study found that 80 percent of crashes involved driver inattention in the three seconds preceding the event. The federal

“More Mountains, Less Traffic:” Managing travel demand on Colorado’s I-70 Corridor

By Mary Ebeling During ski season in Colorado, weekend traffic on I-70 between Denver and the mountain destinations is the stuff of legend, with an auto trip that takes about 2 hours under normal conditions taking up to 10 hours in worst-case scenarios like the snowstorms of February, 2014. CDOT,

Real-time transit data in demand

By Robbie Webber A recent study has shown that real-time arrival data for buses does indeed boost transit usage. And several cities have discovered that they don’t have to do all the work of getting the information into riders’ hands. Although regular transit riders love the convenience of