pedestrians

CDOT study tests methodology for systematic bicycle traffic measurement

By Robbie Webber As bicycling and walking have become more popular methods of transportation, cities and states are searching for better techniques for estimating traffic from these non-motorized modes. Both on individual corridors and throughout transportation systems, traffic volumes are

Rise in 2012 pedestrian-bicycle traffic deaths prompts call for safety metrics

By Robbie Webber Traffic fatalities in the U.S. are up for the first time since 2005, according to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the increases are not rising evenly across modes. Even as fatalities of drivers and passengers in private autos continue to

Automakers designing for pedestrian safety

By Bill Holloway Traditionally, improving the safety of pedestrians sharing roads with motor vehicles has been accomplished through policies aimed at reducing vehicle speeds and the likelihood of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. However, in recent years automakers have been working to design cars

New accessibility tools available from Walk Score

By Eric Sundquist For agencies that want to address the land use-transportation connection, Walk Score now provides a new form of accessibility measure, as well as data to help measure trends over time. Walk Score, which actually produces measures for biking and transit as well as walking, has

NYPD language change signals increased emphasis on traffic safety

By Robbie Webber Although many law enforcement agencies and media outlets have moved away from using the word “accident” for vehicle collisions, the New York Police Department has only recently made the change, instead substituting the word “collision.” “In the past, the term

A Distance-Based Method to Estimate Annual Pedestrian and Bicyclist Exposure in an Urban Environment (FHWA, 2013)

This report describes a methodology for measuring pedestrian and bicyclist exposure based on counts of pedestrian and bicyclist volumes as well as the distances that pedestrians and bicyclists travel on facilities shared with motor vehicles. The distances that pedestrians and bicyclists travel

Call for U.S. DOT to issue own standards causes a stir

By Robbie Webber At an AASHTO meeting February 27th and on the U.S DOT website, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that U.S. DOT will be issuing its own standards for roadway design to meet the needs of all users, but especially bicyclists and pedestrians. I know that most of you want

One-way or two-way streets more efficient? It depends on what you measure

By Chris Spahr The debate over one-way versus two-way streets has been ongoing for more than half a century in American cities. Counter to prevailing engineering wisdom, a new study finds two-way streets may be more efficient, if one is measuring getting people to their destinations. Many cities

Complete Streets: Policy Analysis 2011 and Local Policy Workbook (Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition, 2012)

Smart Growth America has released a report that summarizes surveys of the more than 350 complete streets policies that have been approved by communities across the United States. Also available is the latest edition of the Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook, which is intended to assist

“War on cars” (or bicycles) isn’t new

By Robbie Webber A recent NPR story asked if there was really a “war on cars.” This idea seems to appear in newspaper comments, on radio talk shows, and as opinion pieces whenever funding is moved from highway capacity expansion to transit, parking fees are raised, or street right of way is