safety

Can autonomous vehicles co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians?

By Robbie Webber While major automakers rush to promote the next level of autonomous features and release videos of hand-free driving, serious questions have been raised about whether autonomous vehicles will be able to safely co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians. Heather Knight, an expert in

Study of variable speed limits highlights the trade-off of throughput and safety

By Sam Sklar Varying a posted speed limit based on current conditions can improve operations and safety in congested work zones, a team from Missouri found.  This study from the University of Missouri-Columbus, called “Evaluation of Variable Advisory Speed Limits in Congested Work Zones,”

FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

A near miss: How cities are misinterpreting the safety of streets for bicyclists and pedestrians

By Logan Dredske Crash data on reported collisions may not be telling the whole story about whether our streets are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. A recent study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston revealed that crash data for road users may be

Utah adopts the lowest drunk driving limit in the country

By Rayla Bellis Utah recently approved the nation’s strictest drunk driving standards. Republican Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation on March 23 that will reduce the maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers to .05 percent from the current threshold of .08 percent. The new standard is

We all break traffic laws. Why are bicyclists different?

By Robbie Webber Bicyclists break traffic laws, but they do so at a lower rate than either drivers or pedestrians. It would be safe to say that almost 100 percent of roadway users break traffic laws. Yet the general public’s perception of lawbreaking behavior by drivers and bicyclists is vastly

Fire codes threaten to undo urban street design

By Chris McCahill A local debate over on-street parking in Florida typifies how codes and standards can obstruct walkable urban street design and, apparently, put those designs in jeopardy even after they have been implemented. Celebration is a traditional-style development, created by Disney in

Unpacking the rise in traffic deaths

By Chris McCahill Traffic deaths shot up for the second straight year in 2016, according to recent estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). Total fatalities are estimated to have surpassed 40,000 for the first time since 2007, marking a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent

Sharing the road: How separated bikeways are setting the standard for safety

By Mary Ebeling As more cities and states strive to achieve goals for sustainability, pollution reduction, safety, and livability supporting active transportation has emerged as a key activity. In order to encourage bicycling, cities have been constructing new infrastructure that physically

New study reaffirms the child safety benefits of red light cameras

By Bill Holloway A study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference last month linked higher child death rates from motor vehicle crashes to several primary factors, including low rates of child seat belt/car seat use and a lack of red light cameras. While the full text