Research finds R1-6 gateway treatment can rival RFFB and PHB lights at pedestrian crossings

By Robbie Webber Research in Michigan has shown that in-street, yield-to-pedestrian signs can affect both yielding behavior and driver speeds approaching crosswalks to the same degree as installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RFFB) or Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB.) This is good

New technology helps bicyclists at traffic signals

By Robbie Webber A new enhancement to a bicycle detection and counting device solves a problem and improves safety for bicyclists at intersections. The new addition to the Iteris Smartcycle technology allows bicyclists waiting at a red light to be sure they have been detected, that the light will

California curbs drivers’ cell phone use, but crashes remain steady

By Logan Dredske Beginning in January of 2017 a California law prohibited drivers from holding their phone in their hands for any reason. Analysis by California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) found that in 2017 four percent of drivers were picking up and using their phones, compared to the

FHWA issues new guidance on pedestrian crossings

By Eric Sundquist Despite many DOTs’ attention to complete streets, pedestrian fatalities are spiking nationwide. One problem is that, even with good sidewalks, in many places controlled crossings are widely spaced, and uncontrolled crossings can be quite dangerous. FHWA’s Every Day Counts

Report calls for a Safe Systems approach to reduce fatalities

By Robbie Webber A new report from the World Research Institute finds that the most effective way to prevent traffic deaths is a systemic approach that shifts responsibility away from the drivers and other road users to those responsible for roadway planning and designing, land use mix, providing

New report offers recommendations on reducing DUI, alcohol-related injuries and death

By Brian Lutenegger A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem—offers a recommended package of policies to reduce crashes and associated deaths. But

Patent lawsuit puts the brakes on a pedestrian safety option

By Robbie Webber A recent memo from FHWA has complicated the pedestrian safety campaigns of jurisdictions across the country. According to the memo, FHWA is rescinding interim approval for use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, known as RRFBs. The cause of the rescission is a patent lawsuit

International perspective: Road safety, design, and alcohol consumption

By Brian Lutenegger A pair of international studies from Australia and the European Union examined roadway safety. A number of factors help explain why Australia’s traffic fatality rate is less than half of the U.S. rate. And strict blood alcohol content limits can reduce fatalities but must be

Study of bicycling and driving behavior reveals areas for improvement

By Robbie Webber A new report based on research by the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research and sponsored by Florida DOT details new methods for studying bicycling safety by mounting cameras and sensors on bikes ridden in naturalistic settings. The research gives us insight into the

In Ohio, speed limits go up—and with them crashes, injuries, and deaths

By Eric Sundquist Like many other local, state, and federal transportation agencies, the Ohio DOT has a zero crash death goal. However, a 2013 law to raise speed limits on nearly 1,000 centerline miles is making that goal harder to reach, according to a recent study by the state Department of