Tag: pedestrian safety

Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

Are pedestrian deaths the Titanic of intersection redesign?

June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The death of more than a thousand passengers aboard the sinking Titanic resulted in adoption of rigorous maritime safety regulations. It has taken a rising number of pedestrian deaths in New York’s busy intersections for the city to shift its focus to road safety. Take the example of a busy street where it took another pedestrian death […]

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Charting traffic fatalities: New York’s deadliest neighborhoods

Charting traffic fatalities: New York’s deadliest neighborhoods

March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Pratt University statistics professor has used 2013 data on crashes and fatalities to map out New York City’s most traffic-dangerous neighborhoods. The heat map highlights challenges faced by the city’s new Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero in a city especially troubled by traffic-related injury and death. According […]

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The most dangerous time to cross the street

The most dangerous time to cross the street

February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

It sounds like the opening of a bad joke: When is the worst time to cross the street? The answer has serious implications for pedestrian safety. As reported by FastCompany, five years of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reveals that twilight is the most dangerous time for pedestrians to cross the street. User […]

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Confronting 11 pedestrian deaths this month, NYC’s new mayor talks traffic safety

Confronting 11 pedestrian deaths this month, NYC’s new mayor talks traffic safety

January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Days after a weekend which saw four pedestrian traffic deaths, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his administration’s plan to reduce New Yorker traffic deaths to zero over the next 10 years. “The goal is literally to reduce fatalities on our roadways to zero. That is our singular focus,” he said, according to […]

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Tvilight, the next big energy efficiency innovator [Interview]

Tvilight, the next big energy efficiency innovator [Interview]

January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A city may spend up to 50% of its electricity costs on keeping streetlights on, even when there is no one on the road. The result? Bright streets… and an immense waste of energy and funds that would likely be better used elsewhere. Enter the Tvilight zone: a Dutch company’s sensing streetlight system, known as […]

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(INFOGRAPHIC) Obscure law could trigger 20mph New York City speed limit

(INFOGRAPHIC) Obscure law could trigger 20mph New York City speed limit

November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, we discussed how greatly improved pedestrian casualty rates had led neighborhoods to request localized changes to the New York City speed limit – but the NYCDOT claimed that they didn’t have the budget for the switch. Now, it looks like an oft-forgotten rule might mean trigger a speed limit drop not just in some […]

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Bridge suicides prompt lifesaving barriers

Bridge suicides prompt lifesaving barriers

October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

For people in the throes of mental disturbance or difficult life situations, bridge suicides often look like accessible, fatal solutions. Advocates say that bridge suicides often occur as a result of impulse and accessibility — one of which can be prevented with deterrents, such as bridge barriers. Take San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, where over […]

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Cars pose greatest danger to NYC children’s safety

Cars pose greatest danger to NYC children’s safety

September 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

From deadly shark attacks to gunfire, many parents’ fears for their children are terrifying but unlikely, while a very real threat passes by nearly unregistered: traffic accidents. In bustling cities rife with traffic — such as New York — the biggest threat to children’s safety is found right on the road. (Case in point? Car crashes kill […]

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WUI? New study blames pedestrian fatalities on booze

WUI? New study blames pedestrian fatalities on booze

August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A recent study shows that over a third of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents are impaired by alcohol, according to a recent article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  A report published this month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that total traffic fatalities decreased to their lowest levels since 1949, while pedestrian […]

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Boston neighborhoods try to be more walkable

Boston neighborhoods try to be more walkable

July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

A city’s walkability is proportional to its economic prosperity, because walkable places do better business by attracting an influx of millennials who prefer easier commutes to larger homes. This shift toward pedestrian-friendly places then influences residential and commercial value and revenues earned in those neighborhoods- all contributing to the growth of a city. Besides being […]

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