pedestrians

Reopening of Quincy Station MBTA gate provides area households with access to hundreds of thousands of additional jobs

By Chet Edelman After sitting shuttered for more than 30 years, the city of Quincy, MA recently reopened a pedestrian gate that allows residents of the town’s Penn’s Hill neighborhood to connect directly to the Quincy Adams MBTA station. Previous to the gate reopening, residents were forced

A systemic approach to pedestrian safety analysis

By Saumya Jain According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, in the last decade 12 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrian fatalities, amounting to more than 49,000 deaths. Numbers from the last few years have shown a rise in this percentage. Concerned with these alarming

Safety climate, not just pedestrian infrastructure, affects walking behavior

By Chris McCahill To get people on foot adhering to traffic rules, according to one new study, road designers likely need to consider not only the immediate walking environment (sidewalks and crossings) but also the entire traffic safety climate of an area. According to the study, pedestrians

SUVs are killing us

By Robbie Webber As noted in a previous SSTI post, the rise of SUVs and other light trucks as personal vehicles has been identified as a contributing factor to the startling rise in pedestrian fatalities since 2009. Using federal fatality data, an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study

Phoenix struggles with its pedestrian safety record

By Robbie Webber Phoenix has a problem with pedestrian fatalities. The city, along with the entire state of Arizona, has an exceptionally high rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to the rest of the country. It looked like the city was ready to tackle this problem, with a city staff naming 11

What’s causing the increase in pedestrian deaths?

By Robbie Webber A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls out a variety of factors responsible for the shocking surge in pedestrian fatalities between 2009 and 2016—up 46 percent and the most deaths since 1990. Pedestrian fatalities have risen much faster than overall

To improve walking, give pedestrians the green light

By Chris McCahill Walking in many parts of the U.S. is notoriously difficult and increasingly dangerous, but there’s one simple way that transportation agencies can start tipping the balance in favor of those on foot: by adjusting signal controls. That’s according to research highlighted by

Federally funded data as a speed-management tool

By Eric Sunquist and Michael Brenneis At 8 p.m. on April 27, about two miles from SSTI Central in Madison, a car sped north at 102 mph along an urban boulevard, according to police. The driver lost control and careened onto the sidewalk, hitting two people out for a walk. The crash killed one

Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise

By Michael Brenneis Hit-and–run fatal crashes are increasing in the United States. Why? The short answer is that we don’t entirely know. Studies are limited, and data regarding the characteristics of drivers and victims is not extensive. Many hit-and-run drivers get away. Witnesses may not be

Florida’s pedestrian record could have been much worse

By Robbie Webber Until recently, Florida had the dubious distinction of being rated the most dangerous state for pedestrians, but it now has competition from Arizona. However, a new study shows that things could have been even worse in Florida. Researchers writing in the American Journal of