pedestrians

It’s not all about the mode: Race and gender bias in yielding to non-motorized road users

By Mary Ebeling Two recent studies suggest that bias in driver behavior toward other road users could be contributing to enhanced stress levels for certain groups of pedestrians and bicyclists. Recent research documents a difference in drivers yielding to pedestrians based on race in Portland,

Drivers more likely to ignore crosswalks at speeds above 30 mph

By Chris McCahill High-speed travel in urban areas poses many risks, including a narrower field of vision, longer stopping distances, and increased risk of injury during a collision. According to a new study published by the Transportation Research Board, however, drivers traveling at higher

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

Head’s Up! New tools to improve warning signs

By Mary Ebeling Roadway signs play an important role in our travel environment, influencing safety for auto, bicycle, and pedestrian modes. Yet in our daily travels these signs tend to fade into the background environment rather than heightening our awareness. A new study, published in the

Florida evaluating road design standards over safety concerns

By Chris McCahill During the past decade, cities across Florida have ranked among the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians. Florida DOT hopes to change that. In 2011, Billy Hattaway rejoined the agency as a district secretary and head of its bicycle and pedestrian program after several

Vision Zero spreads across the U.S.

By Robbie Webber In 1997, Sweden undertook a road safety project with an ambitious goal: No traffic fatalities or serious injuries. A core principle of Vision Zero was that, “Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society.” This is in contrast to the cost-benefit

Roads designed for speed undermine safety initiatives

By Chris McCahill A version of this article originally appeared on the League of American Bicyclists’ blog. Despite gradual improvements, the U.S. is falling behind its peers in terms of traffic safety. Making matters worse, our nation’s most vulnerable road users—pedestrians and

Lower income neighborhoods hit hardest by pedestrian deaths

By Chris McCahill According to national data, pedestrian deaths increased by 15 percent between 2009 and 2012 and have made up a growing share of all traffic deaths over the past decade. That is particularly troubling news for lower income neighborhoods, which experience the highest death rates

How Paris is making the pedestrian a priority

By Chris Spahr Paris recently made the bold move of implementing a citywide 20 mph speed limit. While some smaller cities across the globe have implemented this policy and others have put stricter speed limits on certain streets, Paris is the first city of its size to enforce a citywide 20 mph

Phoenix aims for slower, more pedestrian-friendly downtown streets

By Robbie Webber A new study of transportation options in downtown Phoenix aims to improve walking, biking, and transit, as well as prioritize amenities for pedestrians, in order to revitalize the area and encourage people to spend time downtown instead of just getting in and out quickly.