RURAL/URBAN PED & BIKE FATALITIES


-> NHTSA’s 2015 Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities fact sheet reports that while 19% of the US population lives in rural areas, 22% of fatal pedestrian crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas, and 26% of fatal bicyclist crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas. These involved 1,160 pedestrians killed and 214 bicyclists killed. http://bit.ly/2qPpRR2

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

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Cities With the Most Highway Miles: a “Who’s Who” of Decay


By Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

This is fascinating. Using data from the FHWA, the esteemed Patrick Kennedy at Network blog Walkable Dallas Fort Worth has cobbled together a list of the American cities with the highest number of estimated highway lane miles per capita.

See if you notice any similarities (this is per 1,000 people):
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10. Baltimore – .724
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http://usa.streetsblog.org/2012/04/20/cities-with-the-most-highway-miles-a-whos-who-of-decay/
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DISTRACTED DRIVING KILLED 522 PEDS & CYCLISTS IN 2015


-> NHTSA’s Distracted Driving 2015 fact sheet reports there were 443 pedestrians and 79 bicyclists killed in distraction-affected crashes. Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls. http://bit.ly/2qPemcj

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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2016 BENCHMARKING REPORT OUT & INTERACTIVE DATA ONLINE


-> Public Health Newswire reports the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, have developed an interactive website that makes critical data from the "Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report" (http://bit.ly/2pUMdM8) more accessible and user-friendly. The new site, www.bikingandwalkingbenchmarks.org, highlights the data collected and analyzed by the Alliance for Biking and Walking from all 50 states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities and 18 additional cities of various sizes for its benchmarking report.

Updated every two years since 2003, this report promotes data collection and availability, measures progress, evaluates results and supports efforts to increase bicycling and walking in America. Its findings trace the rise of biking and walking in the U.S. and explore the intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding, advocacy efforts and more that shape American mobility and account for active transportation gains and challenges. The first half of the report reviews relevant research to help users identify and make the case for biking and walking improvements. The second half of the report digs into the numbers at the state and city levels. The end of the report is a "tool box" of resources to help readers take the next step in applying these data to their situations. http://bit.ly/2rpDQu0

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

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3 ESSENTIALS FOR TRANSIT PEOPLE WANT TO RIDE


-> To make transit a useful travel option that people want to ride, there are three basic goals.

Speed: Routes should be direct. Fare payment needs to be fast and easy. Transit needs dedicated space on the street and priority at traffic lights.
Frequency and Reliability: A network of routes that arrive at least every 15 minutes. Accurate, real-time data published in app-friendly formats. Properly-managed dispatching to keep transit evenly spaced.
Walkability and Accessibility: Concentrating transit in compact, walkable places, and making it easier to walk to transit in places where pedestrian infrastructure is lacking. Adding bus shelters, painting crosswalks, and expanding pedestrian space in the short term, and lifting restrictions on new development near transit in the long term.
http://bit.ly/2rpl3iv

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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EDMONTON: DATA DISPELS RATIONALE FOR BLAMING PED VICTIMS


-> Streetsblog USA reports an Edmonton, Alberta walking and cycling commuter used the city’s own motor vehicle collision data to make a chart showing who — or, more often, what — is on the receiving end when Edmonton motorists crash their cars. Of the more than 27,000 crashes recorded in Edmonton, Alberta last year, 91% involved another motor vehicle. Of the 478 collisions in which a driver struck a cyclist or pedestrian, just 51 involved people crossing without the right of way. And of the city’s 10 pedestrian fatalities last year, just one was crossing without the right of way. Despite these facts, the city and province have focused heavily on blaming jaywalkers for traffic fatalities. Shifting responsibility to the people most vulnerable to traffic and away from the people piloting multi-ton, high-speed vehicles, in the process absolving governments that design dangerous roads doesn’t sit well with many Edmonton residents concerned about traffic safety. http://bit.ly/2rpeA78

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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GHSA PROJECTS 11% INCREASE IN PED FATALITIES + STATE INTERVENTIONS


-> The Governors Highway Safety Association’s annual "Spotlight on Highway Safety: Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State" (http://bit.ly/2qPsouD) projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This report offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2016, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia. States reported 2,660 pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2016, compared to 2,486 deaths during the same time period in the previous year. Using this data and historic trends, GHSA estimates that there were 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Potential factors contributing to this spike include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology.

GHSA also asked its state members to provide examples of their efforts to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions. Promising strategies include: high visibility enforcement and public information campaigns aimed at both motorists and pedestrians; identifying high-risk zones and conducting educational outreach in these areas; and strategic partnerships with local universities and community organizations to advance pedestrian safety. http://bit.ly/2p011sW

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

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New Study Offers Yet Another Reason to Bike-Commute


BY MOLLY HURFORD, Biycycling

Everyone knows that bike commuting is a great form of exercise with some mental health benefits to boot, but now it looks like the benefits of cycling extend into the workplace: Research from Concordia University has shown that the first 45 minutes of your workday can be significantly less stressful if you opt to pedal to work rather than driving.
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http://www.bicycling.com/culture/bike-commute-relieves-stress-workplace
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