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VOLPE: TRUCK SIDE GUARD RESEARCH & RECOMMENDATIONS

Biking Elsewhere-> A recent Volpe report summarizes their research and recommendations supporting San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through truck-based strategies. Specifically, this initial report focuses on side guards, which are vehicle-based safety devices designed to prevent pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being run over by a large truck’s rear wheels in a side-impact collision. "Vision Zero San Francisco Truck Side Guard Initiative: Technical Assessment and Recommendations" http://bit.ly/2dt7MQc
(See also Volpe’s recommended standard Truck Side Guard Specifications: http://bit.ly/2dPTrMZ)

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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US: HIGHEST PER CAPITA TRAFFIC FATALITY RATE AMONG PEERS

Biking Elsewhere-> A recent CDC report, "Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention — United States and 19 Comparison Countries" (http://bit.ly/2dQoyIa), and Economist Magazine analysis, "America’s Road-safety Record is the Worst in the Rich World" (http://econ.st/2dCvCuh), indicate that, despite huge investments in traffic safety programs and safety engineering, the United States has, by far, the highest per capita traffic fatality rate among peer countries. The United States has high traffic causality rates despite huge investments in safer roads, safer vehicles, and traffic safety programs. These efforts did reduce the U.S. traffic deaths rate by 31 percent between 2000 and 2013, but during that period peer countries reduced their crash rate a much more impressive 55.1 percent. These very high traffic casualty rates (several times higher than peer countries) can be explained by high (about double) per capita annual vehicle mileage and automobile-oriented community design. http://bit.ly/2d8o66V
Investing in high quality public transit and creating more transit-oriented development can provide many economic, social and environmental benefits, including large, community-wide reductions in traffic casualties. See The "Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation" noted in our last issue for details: http://bit.ly/2d54b9m.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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EUROPEAN BUSES TO DETECT POTENTIAL COLLISIONS W/ PEDS/BIKES

Biking Elsewhere-> Autocar reports Volvo has developed an advanced driver assist program for its bus models that can detect and help prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. The system, which uses a camera mounted on the vehicle’s exterior, will be rolled out from the start of next year on European buses. The camera processes images through complex algorithms to detect potential hazards, with its primary focus being to spot pedestrians and cyclists who could come into contact with the bus. To alert the driver of a hazard or potential impact, lights and sound signals are projected in the cabin. If an impact is imminent, the pedestrian or cyclist is also warned with the automatic sounding of the bus’s horn. http://bit.ly/2dHTrgT

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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REPORTERS 4 BIGGEST SINS COMMITTED IN COVERING PED DEATHS

Biking Elsewhere-> StreetsBlogUSA lists four common problems with how pedestrian deaths are covered in American media and why reporters need to change their approach to traffic violence. 1) The default stance of most coverage is to blame victims for their own deaths, 2) Most local news reports entirely ignore the design of the street where the collision happened. But the epidemic of pedestrian deaths can’t be separated from street conditions... http://bit.ly/2dpV48y

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MAKING THE CASE FOR STATEWIDE COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION

Biking Elsewhere-> Surveying the mounds of evidence connecting Complete Streets with improved physical activity and health, law student Samantha Chapman makes a strong case for state-level implementation in Indiana. Her article, published in the Indiana Health Law Review (Vol. 12, No. 1), should be reference for folks working in other states, too. (Combating Obesity One Step at a Time: Why Indiana Should Implement Statewide Complete Streets Legislation http://bit.ly/1IJ3akX)

[B' Spokes: If Maryland has this kind of legislation then we should sue the various DOTs that have failed. If not we should work on getting this kind of legislation.]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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8 80 CITIES: HEALTHIEST PRACTICE OPEN STREETS WEBSITE

Biking Elsewhere-> 8 80 Cities recently launched its Healthiest Practice Open Streets website (http://bit.ly/1KygWnK). ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. By doing this the streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health. The Healthiest Practice Open Streets program is a tried and tested best practice model. This new website features: 1) A toolkit to help plan a new Healthiest Practice Open Streets program or improve an existing program, 2) A video describing the Healthiest Practice Open Streets concept to share with others, among other resources.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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RUDDER APP FINDS MOST WELL-LIT WALKING ROUTE HOME

Biking Elsewhere-> Rudder, a navigation app, takes into account streetlight data for your city to provide you with the most well-lit path home. Once you are on route, the app will give you an easy-to-follow turn-by-turn progress bar at the bottom of your screen, giving you tangible context for how much longer you will be walking until your next turn. Some of the app’s most notable features include a light meter - a unique feature that lets you quickly gauge how well-lit your current surroundings are - as well as a progress meter for the entire trip, and for each individual step of your travel to show you just how much further until you arrive at your destination. Future features will include sharing your travel progress with friends and family to give them a heads up when you get home safely. Data for 12 cities to date. http://bit.ly/1JQSgUT

[B' Spokes: No Baltimore at the time of this writing but they do have Washington DC.]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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HOLOGRAMS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED DISABLED PARKING SPACES STOP OTHERS FROM PARKING ILLEGALLY

Biking ElsewhereAccording to the Russian organization Dislife, over 30% of drivers in the country regularly take disabled spots illegally. Sensors mounted near disabled parking places in certain locations around Moscow can detect the presence of a state-issued disabled parking permit as an individual is sliding their car in. If no permit is detected, a hidden projector beams a movie of an actual disabled person onto a fine layer of water mist, making them seem to pop out of nowhere. After springing to life, the hologram effectively shames the person for attempting to illegally park in a designated disabled space—see the video. http://bit.ly/1LWvXmC

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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SCHOOL-TRANSPORTATION-RELATED CRASHES

Biking Elsewhere-> A school-transportation-related crash is a crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. In this fact sheet "school-age" children are defined as children 18 or younger. From 2004 to 2013, there were 116 school-age pedestrians (18 or younger) who died in school transportation-related crashes. Sixty-two percent were struck by school buses, 5 percent by vehicles functioning as school buses, and 33 percent by other vehicles (passenger cars, light trucks and vans, large trucks, and motorcycles, etc.) involved in the crashes. http://1.usa.gov/1SfyLyV

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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STUDY CONFIRMS 10-FOOT LANES MAKE SAFER INTERSECTIONS

Biking Elsewhere-> Side impact- and turn-related crash rates are lowest at intersections where average lane widths are between 10 and 10.5 feet, according to a study (Narrower Lanes, Safer Streets: http://bit.ly/1Iq1G8H) presented at the Canadian Institute of Transportation’s annual meeting last month. This challenges the long-held, but often disputed, assumption that wider lanes are safer. Crash rates were highest where average lane widths at the approaches were narrower than 10 feet or wider than 10.5 feet. Intersection approaches with 10-foot lanes also carried the highest traffic volumes. Bicycle and pedestrian volumes generally increased as lanes became narrower.

Narrower lane widths (10 to 11 feet) are sanctioned in national policies outlined by AASHTO, particularly for urban areas, but the official standards in many states prohibit them. According to a 2010 study published in the ITE Journal, six states require a minimum of 12-foot lanes and another 24 states require 11-foot lanes. The author of this most recent study notes that lane width guidelines, in particular, were established well before we had reliable crash and safety data. http://bit.ly/1fG3XFX

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