Katy B. Olson

Katy is a writer, reporter and editor who, in addition to writing for RoadTrafficSigns, has worked with the United Nations Development Programme, Hamptons magazine, Hearst Corporation, The Daily Mail, People Magazine, and a variety of other publications and nonprofits. After graduating with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011, and distinctions on her thesis and in the consumer journalism seminar, she moved to Milan, Italy. In Italy, she worked as a writer and consultant for an international magazine, editing and translating text and reporting on such events as the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the annual design fair.

A born and raised New Yorker, she has lived in three of five boroughs, relying quite a bit on public transport until getting her driver's license at the admittedly belated age of 21.

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Public transport cuts CO2 emissions by 40%

Public transport cuts CO2 emissions by 40%

September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Public transport is capable of reducing pollution by a staggering 40%, according to a recently released report from the University of California and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), reports Nature World News. Opting for bikes, buses and walking over driving cars is key, as are improvements to existing transport, such as by […]

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Pedestrian-counting cameras to replace London traffic cops

Pedestrian-counting cameras to replace London traffic cops

September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Call it the traffic version of “I Spy”: A smart camera system is fulfilling traffic cop duties in London, reports CNN, by counting crowds of people and granting them more or less time to cross the road. Pedestrian SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimization Technique) relies on high-tech video cameras to determine the number of pedestrians […]

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Taxi-sharing could decrease pollution, traffic, fares (and more)

Taxi-sharing could decrease pollution, traffic, fares (and more)

September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A whopping 70 percent of New York City taxi rides are shareable, according to a recent study reported by Salon. (True shareability means when New York cab riders are willing to share a car with one other rider, and manage at most an extra 150 seconds of travel time.) The benefits are startling: taxi travel time […]

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Is a self-driving Cadillac just two years away?

Is a self-driving Cadillac just two years away?

September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A future replete with self-driving cars and vehicle-to-vehicle technology has been on our mind lately, and the developments are closer to fruition than you might expect: In just two years, the Cadillac CTS 2017 will likely be the first car on the road to drive itself. Last week, General Motors, which produces the Cadillac, announced […]

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Americans don’t walk – but it’s not because we’re lazy

Americans don’t walk – but it’s not because we’re lazy

September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Most Americans don’t walk for one reason: In most communities, walking is both inconvenient and unsafe. At least that’s what F. Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, argues in a recently published excerpt from his book of essays, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities. Americans lose […]

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App helps drivers spot bikers before a collision

App helps drivers spot bikers before a collision

September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I didn’t see him coming!” If you’ve ever been in a bike accident, you’ve probably heard — or cried out — this explanation. Most drivers involved in bike accidents simply don’t see oncoming cyclists. Now, a new app using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology will help drivers spot bike traffic and prevent collisions, reports Co.Exist. The […]

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Bike ambulances deliver healthcare in rural Africa

Bike ambulances deliver healthcare in rural Africa

September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

In rural or inaccessible areas, bicycle ambulances aren’t just practical, they can also be life-saving… and perhaps even economy-boosting. As Co.Exist reports, organizations such as FABIO (First African Bicycle Information Organisation) in Uganda, and CA Bikes, in three East African countries, are providing bike ambulances (and in some cases, other non-motorized transport for a variety […]

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Who has the worst drivers? Allstate releases safety rankings

Who has the worst drivers? Allstate releases safety rankings

September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fort Collins, Colorado: Consistently named one of the top places to live in the country, Fort Collins is also known for Colorado State University, an annual marathon and a popular yearly brewer’s festival. And now, according to just-released safety rankings, it’s also where you’ll find the nation’s safest drivers. Insurance company Allstate has released its […]

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Federal gov pushes vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology

Federal gov pushes vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cars that communicate with each other — in order to protect drivers and passengers — are on the horizon, reports Wired. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), which would allow vehicles to communicate with each other using radio signals to send and receive information on each car’s speed, position and direction, is on federal regulators’ minds and summarized […]

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CA to boost low-income drivers’ access to electric vehicles

CA to boost low-income drivers’ access to electric vehicles

August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new bill in California would make the state’s electric vehicle (EV) rebate program more accessible to low- and middle-income drivers, reports Planetizen. It will also provide extra subsidies for low-income families, as well as rebates valid for transit and car-sharing. Currently, EV sales are on the up — albeit not as high as the […]

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