safety

House and Senate release bills on AVs

By Alex Beckmann On Friday, September 8, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee released a draft of its automated vehicle legislation. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (Republican, South Dakota) and Senator Gary Peters (Democrat, Michigan) have been leading these

Safety benefits of pedestrian crash avoidance systems

By Logan Dredske Autonomous vehicle technology has been touted as a boon to safety, avoiding or mitigating the majority of crashes that are due to human error. Now a new report attempts to put numbers to how many pedestrian crashes could have been avoided or mitigated, and the value of

Florida is leading the nation in lowering speeds to reduce crashes; will other states follow?

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation plans to lower speed limits and design speeds in some areas from their current 40-45 mph limit to a 25 mph limit to improve roadway safety. They will start with a pilot program in the Tampa Bay region. This makes FDOT one of the first

Does legalized marijuana lead to more car crashes?

By Rayla Bellis As more states legalize recreational use of marijuana, decision makers are seeking to understand the implications for safety and public policy. A number of recent studies have examined whether states that have legalized marijuana are seeing higher incidence of car crashes and road

Safety in numbers and safety by design: A ‘virtuous cycle’

By Chris McCahill Two recent studies reiterate what makes safer walking environments: more pedestrians, according to one; and well-connected networks of local streets, according to the other. Taken together, these studies build upon growing evidence that the safety benefits of cities designed for

UConn research center sets new standard with crash data and analysis tool

By Mary Ebeling Access to current and comprehensive crash data provides essential information for anyone seeking to improve the safety of road users. At the state and local level this type of data tool is not widely available to transportation safety engineers, law enforcement, local and regional

Can autonomous vehicles co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians?

By Robbie Webber While major automakers rush to promote the next level of autonomous features and release videos of hand-free driving, serious questions have been raised about whether autonomous vehicles will be able to safely co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians. Heather Knight, an expert in

Study of variable speed limits highlights the trade-off of throughput and safety

By Sam Sklar Varying a posted speed limit based on current conditions can improve operations and safety in congested work zones, a team from Missouri found.  This study from the University of Missouri-Columbus, called “Evaluation of Variable Advisory Speed Limits in Congested Work Zones,”

FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

A near miss: How cities are misinterpreting the safety of streets for bicyclists and pedestrians

By Logan Dredske Crash data on reported collisions may not be telling the whole story about whether our streets are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. A recent study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston revealed that crash data for road users may be