Traffic Safety

Seniors vs. TeensAnswer: Teens

We expect mistakes from young drivers, but the first few years are pretty risky. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely to crash than drivers over 20.

These novice drivers cause significantly more car accidents than seniors: The United States Census Bureau calculates 12.2 percent of car accidents are the responsibility of teen drivers while 7.5 percent of accidents are caused by drivers over 65.

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Infrastructure

If you’re considering greening your property, take a cue from Michael Bigness from Boy Scout Troop 11 of  Chittenango, New York.  His recent Eagle Scout project helped transform the parking area at his local library into a  Green Parking Lot — the kind of infrastructure that’s encouraged by the Environmental Protection Agency and Leadership in Environmental Design.Read More

Bicycle Advocacy

Williston Road in South Burlington, Vermont, is a quintessential car-centric conundrum: four vehicle lanes with no space for bikes and no sidewalk, yet it’s one of the city’s central links. Indeed, the thruway needs a full redesign, but money shortages, politics and red tape can quickly throw that vision into limbo.

Is there a way around these roadblocks?

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Bicycle Safety

On July 19th around 6 pm, transportation advocate and experienced cyclist, Charlie Hawkins, was fatally struck while walking his bike across a four-lane road in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The handful of local reports that surfaced provided little detail about the incident so Traffic Safety Store contacted Alex Krogh-Grabbe, Programs Director for the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition,

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Distracted Driving

Winter, with its abundance of snow, ice and auto-mechanical failure, is certainly a precarious time for drivers. Yet, it’s summer that’s most deadly. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consistently shows the highest number of traffic fatalities are in the third quarter (July-September) while the lowest are in the first quarter (January – March).

This might be attributed to sheer numbers.Read More

Infrastructure

While many questions remain in the federal investigations of the May 12th Amtrak catastrophe, one thing seems certain: Technology could have prevented the crash.

That specific technology is called Positive Train Control (PTC) and it isn’t exactly cutting edge. These crash prevention systems were released over 25 years ago and have been included in The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” ever since.

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Bicycle Safety

The city of San Antonio, Texas, made a significant step towards realizing their ambitious Bicycle Master Plan. With the addition of 250 Zebra Lane Blockers (aka Armadillos), transportation officials are making a commitment to safe cycling that goes beyond a strip of white paint.

Like many progressive transportation strategies, the Master Plan, published in 2011, aims to push San Antonio from car-centric metropolis to multi-modal haven by integrating a variety of cycling facilities.Read More

Safe Driving

 

Etiquette. Not exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think about safety.  Yet, that’s exactly what life-hacker and journalist, Kayla Matthews, chose to focus on in this brief but powerful video about safe driving. The majority of accidents, it turns out, are precipitated by inappropriate lane switching and other fuax pas. What seems rude can quickly turn tragic.Read More

Winter driving

Winter is proving increasingly unpredictable (polar vortex, anyone?) and more treacherous for driver. That’s especially true in regions of the country that have been hit with  sudden, atypical freezes.

Yet, no matter how many advisories are issued, roll overs, multi-car pile-ups, and highway blockages continue to make daily news. Before you head out, make sure you’ve reviewed those safety measures most likely to save you and your passengers.

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Infrastructure

One of the federal government’s most vocal proponents for infrastructure funding happens to be a staunch supporter of bicycle commuting.

In a recent 60 Minutes report on the growing problem of underfunded, aging U.S. infrastructure, only one elected official unabashedly asserts what experts have long acknowledged: To save our crumbling roads and bridges, we need a long term,Read More

Pedestrian Safety

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You are now four times more likely to die in a traffic accident in the United States than in Sweden. But the difference wasn’t always so dramatic. Since the late 1990s, Sweden has employed Vison Zero, an innovative and holistic traffic safety strategy that’s cut fatalities down to a fraction.  Due to its uncanny success,Read More

Bicycle Safety

Ask any official what will make roads safer for vulnerable users and “education” invariably tops their list. That’s a funny term because dangerous driving is rarely addressed through a curriculum. More often, officials are actually referring to public awareness campaigns — i.e. billboards, TV ads and web content that battle for public attention.

Thanks to the Nathan Bower Act, signed in October,Read More

Distracted Driving

October through the end of December is jam packed with holiday festivities. But to ensure you and your family enjoy the celebration, plan for seasonal risks — particularly those associated with vehicle safety. Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for pedestrians and Christmas and New Years are notorious for drunk driving. Shorter days mean more darkness and that can be particularly hazardous for children.

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