safety

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

Smart intersection technology may improve safety for all road users

Michael Brenneis The promise of smart intersection technology goes beyond increased operational efficiency and encompasses its potential to improve safety for all road users, including those using the crosswalk. But it does not fulfill this promise if it is only used to reduce congestion and

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

International review confirms speed management is critical to road safety

By Chris McCahill Speed reductions can lower crash risks significantly, confirms a new report by the International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organization of 59 member countries including the U.S. The research report, Speed and Crash Risk, looks at 11 case studies in 10 different

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

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