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SURVEY: "SHARE THE ROAD" SIGNS INEFFECTIVE

Biking Elsewhere-> Delaware got rid of its "Share the Road" signs about two years ago. They were widely misinterpreted — by both motorists and cyclists — as an exhortation to cyclists to stop "hogging" the road, or as a recommendation that drivers and cyclists share a lane (leading to tight squeezes and close passes). The state dumped the confusing message in favor of a less ambiguous one asserting that bicycles "may use full lane." A new survey (Bicycles May Use Full Lane" Signage Communicates U.S. Roadway Rules and Increases Perception of Safety: http://bit.ly/1ivTM8x) confirms that Delaware had the right idea. In all 50 states, cyclists have a right to the road — including the center of the lane, if that's the safest place for them to be. Turns out "Share the Road" had no effect whatsoever in leading people to respect cyclists' right to occupy a full lane of traffic. A sharrow helped a little. In the survey, by far the clearest indication that cyclists have an equal right to the road was a sign stating unequivocally that cyclists "may use full lane." http://bit.ly/1O0b4YA

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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CDC: America Falling Behind Other Nations on Traffic Safety

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

How is the U.S. doing on traffic safety?

To hear a lot of people tell it, we’re making great strides. President Obama recently referred to the reduction in American traffic deaths as a success story of sorts, contrasting it with the rise in gun deaths.

But while traffic fatalities in America are indeed trending downward, the improvement pales in comparison to what other countries have achieved, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/07/07/cdc-america-falling-behind-other-nations-on-traffic-safety/
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Four wheels or two, safe roads are due

Biking ElsewhereBy The Herald Editorial Board

Even for the state ranked as the No. 1 Bicycle Friendly State, it still takes a court to explain to some cities that bicycles are a legitimate form of transportation and not just something that kids ride around the neighborhood.

Last week a state appellate court ruled that cycling is as much a mode of “ordinary travel” as motor vehicles and that cities and counties have to provide safe roadways for all traffic, whether its done on four wheels, two wheels or two feet.
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http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/four-wheels-or-two-safe-roads-are-due
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Bicycling: The SAFEST Form of Transportation

Biking ElsewhereBy Mr Money Mustache

Of all the objections I get from people about why they can’t ride a bike to get around, perhaps the most frustrating is the claim that bicycling is too dangerous. According to this line of reasoning, we all need the protection of a two-tonne steel cage in order to survive the trip to the office or the grocery store.

I’ve always felt that this was complete bullshit, ...

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/
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Why Laws Banning Cyclists From Wearing Headphones Miss the Point

Biking ElsewhereBy ERIC JAFFE,City Lab

They may actually work against city goals to encourage more riding.
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http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/bike-cyclist-headphone-earplug-laws-safety-traffic/417753/
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Car crashes cost U.S. $300B a year: AAA

Biking ElsewhereBy MARK STRASSMANN, CBS News

Every hour, car crashes kill an average of four people on America's roads.

That's the human cost.

But, according to a triple-a study released Thursday, the financial cost of car crashes is just as stunning.

The study, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann, says crashes costs $300 billion a year -- three times more expensive than traffic congestion.

"Traffic crashes really need to be moved to the forefront of the American discussion as the public safety (and) health threat that they are," observes AAA spokesman Troy Green.

They pose a threat that's both tragic -- and expensive.

All-told, each traffic fatality costs an average of $6 million dollars -- everything from medical and emergency services to lost earnings. A traffic injury averages $126,000, and almost 33,000 people die every year on the nation's roads.

"If you took that and compared it to, say, aviation, it would take a small airliner falling out of the sky every day for 360 days for us to get close to that number," points out CBS News transportation safety analyst Mark Rosenker. "That's clearly unacceptable in aviation and it is clearly unacceptable on the highway."
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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/car-crashes-cost-us-300b-a-year-aaa/
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You’re Going to Kill Someone

Biking ElsewhereBy Albert McWilliams

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.

It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer
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http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone
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THE FIVE WAYS ENGINEERS DEFLECT CRITICISM

Biking ElsewhereVia Strong Towns [B' Spokes: Just the headlines]

1. YOU DON’T HAVE A VALID OPINION IF YOU’RE NOT A LICENSED ENGINEER.
2. THERE ISN’T ENOUGH MONEY TO DO WHAT SHOULD BE DONE.
3. WE CAN’T ELIMINATE ALL RISKS.
4. IT IS THE POLITICIANS THAT ARE TO BLAME. ENGINEERS JUST FOLLOW ORDERS.
5. THIS REALLY IS A MATTER FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, NOT ENGINEERING.

http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2015/10/5/the-five-ways-engineers-deflect-criticism
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Boston Globe Columnist Tweets Out History’s Dumbest Anti-Bike Rant

Biking ElsewhereVia Streets Blog

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JeffJacoby:
Bicycles don't belong in busy urban traffic. If we stop promoting such risky behavior, fewer tragedies will occur.
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/06/24/boston-globe-columnist-tweets-out-historys-dumbest-anti-bike-rant/

[B' Spokes: How many deaths by motor vehicle are there but somehow it's the once in a blue moon bicycling tragedy that gets called out. :/ ]
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COMMENT ON FHWA PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE 11 OF 13 CONTROLLING DESIGN CRITERIA

Biking Elsewhereby Mark Plotz
-> Thirty years ago the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated 13 controlling criteria for roadway design for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and safe operation of the National Highway System (NHS). State DOTs were also encouraged to adopt these standards and many did so because, well, bureaucracies are conservative and risk-averse. As a result, the 13 Controlling Design Criteria (CDC) became the law of the land, and whenever a designer wished to deviate from them, he/she had to enter into the process of requesting a formal design exemption, the outcome of which was uncertain—other than knowing it would add delay and cost to a project. The effect is that we got one-size-fits-all designs regardless of context or community wishes.

The Federal Highway Administration is revisiting the 13 criteria and is requesting comment on a proposal to eliminate all but 2 (Design Speed and Structural Capacity) for NHS roadways under 50 mph. Under this proposal it will be

Easier for designers to choose narrower lanes to find space for bicycle facilities or to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians.
Possible for designers to use narrower right of ways to avoid the high costs of land acquisition.
The likely beginning of the end of our wider, straighter and faster design paradigm (Horizontal Alignment, Vertical Alignment, Grade, Superelevation and Lateral Offset) that has yielded deadlier roads and enabled sprawl.
Should the proposed rule change become policy, the percentage of roads affected will be small. That said, the ripple effect could be huge if/when state DOTs follow suit—and why shouldn’t they, as these proposed changes could yield significant cost savings and myriad other benefits.

Be sure to tell FHWA what you think by December 7, 2015. You should write in. This is big. http://1.usa.gov/1KnCm3V

Additional reading:

"Evaluation of the 13 Controlling Criteria for Geometric Design," NCHRP Report 783, 2015. (http://bit.ly/1qsr8Rz)
"FHWA Reduces Barriers to Flexible Street Design," Project for Public Spaces, 2015. (http://bit.ly/1NTcIeZ)
"Design Flexibility for Stronger Communities," USDOT Fast Lane, 2015. (http://1.usa.gov/1Qmv3yA)
"When Livability Projects Meet Eisenhower-Era Design Standards," Streetsblog, 2012. (http://bit.ly/1W3npeb)
A final thought:
For the moment the 13 Controlling Design Criteria remain the de facto law of the land, but remember that under the status quo design exemptions are still a possibility. The Michigan DOT, which has embraced Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), grants around 600 exemptions annually. The CSS process, which is endorsed by FHWA and AASHTO, is a collaborative, interdisciplinary and holistic approach to the development of transportation projects. For more detail, see http://bit.ly/1MIcBT1 .

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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