Bicycle Safety

A new European bike track is proving bikers, pedestrians and cars can safely share the road, and like it.
“It almost looks as if these people are riding a race, rather than going home after work. They’re trying to outrun other traffic.  It really seems like a chase. There’s a lot of cycling here despite the infrastructure, rather than because of it.” – Cycling in the U.S.Read More

Traffic Safety

If the economy is getting better, why are people driving less?
Despite evidence of a recovering U.S economy, vehicle-in-use rates have continued to fall since 2008, after peaking in 2007. An independent study by Transportation Department economists Don Pickrell and David Pace also found that miles-driven-per-month among  individual drivers has steadily declined since 2004 and a smaller percentage of people under 40 have a driver’s licenses than did in the 1990s.Read More

Traffic Safety

The Space Race for Driverless Vehicles
The world’s first automaker, Ford, has partnered with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to understand how robots “talk” in space.  They hope the multi-network telecommunications system, called “mesh networks,” can serve as a model for fool-proof communications between earthly machines—this includes car-to-car and car-to-traffic-signal. It could be a lynchpin in the advancement of driverless technology.  Read More

Traffic Safety

Keeping Cars Safe
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association now requires automakers to issue a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for all new vehicles. The system—available at SaferCar.gov—allows consumers to check if their car is subject to a recall. Full article here.

Source:Press Release, National Highway Safety Association
Bike-Friendly Leadership from the “Big” State
Texas is experiencing a statewide surge of interest in bike-friendly infrastructure.Read More

New Technology

The above image is not a photograph. It’s a set of geo-spatial data points presented on a screen. Each of these dots – and there are millions – has a corresponding location on earth. Collectively, they reveal the contours of a real-life highway and the surrounding terrain, down to a single tree branch.

It’s more than a fancy graphic – it’s a virtual guide.

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New Technology

We all know the nightmare: You’ve just left an interstate rest stop, late afternoon, and the overpass is already at a standstill. You continue to wait as an 18-wheeler awkwardly cuts across oncoming traffic to get onto the exit ramp. Honks and shouts follow. Twenty minutes later, you see an opening in the turn lane, but another driver has snuck up from behind and snagged the spot.

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Traffic Safety

Are you suffering from sidewalk aggression?

The Wall Street Journal chronicled the question before.

Have you ever walked the streets of Philly, getting annoyed or even angry at innocent strangers, those a bit lagging?

It’s common.  So much so, one scientist theorizes there’s an existing ‘Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome.’

Would you be characterized as exhibiting ‘pedestrian aggressive’ behaviors?Read More

Traffic Safety

Yes!  Summer is finally here, and you’re ready to pack up your car and head to your closets shore point.  Before you pack that speedo and hop onto the highway–you need to remember to drive safely.  This coming holiday weekend is one of the deadliest traveling holidays during the year, and the statistics don’t lie.  You don’t want to be another tragic number this Memorial Day Weekend.Read More

Bicycle Safety

“I’d prefer to have gym class last.”

I wanted my high school counselor to modify my class schedule, so gym class would be later (preferably very last) rather than in the morning.

I was a high school student concerned with appearance.

Can you relate to such human tendencies?

I notice a number of Philadelphia peers biking to work, some trailing a load of perspiration (and odor) with them.Read More

Bicycle Safety

 

Sure, you may think that wearing a helmet looks kinda lame–but don’t!  Helmets save your life, and it’s the only thing  protecting you from a high speed collision with a car or the road.

There are plenty of reasons you should wear a helmet, and if you read this post and still think you’re too cool for one…then maybe you should get your head examined.Read More