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? Jason Van … Continue reading “The Simple Way This Organization Makes Streets More Bike Friendly”

Bicycle Advocacy

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, to learn about what … Continue reading ““Honestly, Any Other Goal is Unethical,” RI Bike’s Alex Krogh-Grabbe on Charlie Hawkins and Vision Zero”

Safe 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 … Continue reading “Watch Out For These 5 Unexpected Risks of Summer Driving”

Resource Guide

If you’re riding with cars or venturing into the great outdoors during hunting season, wearing eye-catching clothing is more than a best practice. It can be the difference between a good time and an accident. Lightweight, breathable high-visibility safety wear — which runs under $20 and can cost as little as $5 — is the only gear developed and tested … Continue reading “Choosing The Right High-Visibility Gear For Bicycling, Motorcycling, Walking At Night, And Outdoor Adventures.”

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) … Continue reading “Why Railway Safety Demands a Long Term Strategy”

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 … Continue reading “San Antonio Upgrades with Innovative Cycle Tracks”

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 … Continue reading “This Life-Hacker Nails What Safe Driving is Really About”

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 … Continue reading “Think You Can Drive? The Top 10 Winter Safety Tips You Probably Forgot.”

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, federal strategy. Althought the … Continue reading “Check Out The Pro-Biking Bling In This Congressman’s Office”

Pedestrian Safety

  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, Vision Zero is now being adopted … Continue reading “This Swedish Traffic Safety Specialist Says Better Design – Not More Laws – Is Key To Saving Lives.”

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 … Continue reading “Michigan’s New Law Acknowledges Vulnerable Users. But Is That Enough?”

Pedestrian Safety

The biggest danger to kids on Halloween isn’t poisoned candy – it’s child pedestrian accidents. Historically, children are four times more likely to get hit by a car and twice as likely to die in a pedestrian accident on this day than on any other. Why does this happen? The obvious answer is more children are walking in close proximity … Continue reading “10 Tips to Protect Kids from Cars While Trick-or-Treating”

Distracted Driving

Two years ago, on Halloween, a family from Tulsa, Oklahoma lost their young son before the sun came up.Seven year-old Elijah Rivers left for the school bus that morning with his 12 year-old neighbor, a close family friend.He was excited to show off the brand new costume he was wearing to his second grade class.The driver who struck and killed … Continue reading “Don’t Let Your Child Make This Fatal Mistake On Halloween”

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 … Continue reading “9 Tricks for Accident-Free Homes and Neighborhoods”

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to get hit by a car once the sun goes down. In fact, nearly a third of all pedestrian accidents occur in the three short hour between 8pm and 11pm. The best way to guard against the increased risk, is by using high visibility gear and reflective safety markers. The following simple craft … Continue reading “8 Brilliant Craft Ideas That Help Keep You Safe At Night”