Showing posts with label pedestrian safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pedestrian safety. Show all posts

Friday, June 20, 2014

Vision Zero

New York City created an action plan called Vision Zero to improve street safety in every neighborhood and in every borough - with expanded enforcement against dangerous moving violations like speeding and failing to yield to pedestrians, new street designs and configurations to improve safety, broad public outreach and communications, and a sweeping legislative agenda to increase penalties for dangerous drivers and give New York City control over the safety of their streets.

Email CDPHE if you would like contact info for the lead on the Vision Zero program in NYC.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Join us for this Free Feb. 13, Webinar: Measuring the Pedestrian Streetscape

Register Here for this Free Webinar.

America Walks is hosting the 9th Webinar in the 2013-2014 All Things Walking Program.

About this Webinar:
Walking is the number one physical activity choice for most people, and, increasingly, an important aspect of our transportation system. Yet, much of our built environment does not support safe, routine and enjoyable walking. Communities are often unsure of which walkability reforms to focus on, how to prioritize investments or clear about what outcomes they can anticipate.

Webinar Date: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2014
Time: Noon - 1:15pm PST / 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration

Thursday, January 2, 2014

CO State Patrol: New focus on teen drivers

During 2014, the Colorado State Patrol will focus on preventing and stopping impaired drivers on Colorado roadways. While the agency's commitment remains consistent with much of the its 78-year history, the execution of Troopers' enforcement operations will be tailored to the varying needs of communities across the state.

"Our family has been protecting your family since 1935," said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "We trust our Troopers to develop and implement local strategies because they're active participants in their communities."

Motorists may see an increased Trooper presence on roadways during times other than the usual holiday enforcement periods, as local troop offices assess factors such as traffic volume, crash totals and causal factors, and citation/arrest data in their regions.

And while enforcement continues to play a major role in the Colorado State Patrol's strategic plan, Troopers also will utilize educational opportunities and community programs to prevent impaired driving before it occurs. Developing such partnerships is integral to the Colorado State Patrol's success in the new year.

"The greatest victory we could see in 2014 is an increase in voluntary compliance, in the number of motorists who make smart, responsible decisions," Hernandez said. "The responsibility for stopping impaired driving before it starts ultimately rests with the public, and more and more people have risen to that challenge."

Additionally, Troopers will interact more frequently with high schools and youth programs, emphasizing good decision-making and responsible actions at an early age.

"We must afford young adults the incredible educational opportunities that our Troopers can provide," Hernandez said. "Making good, smart decisions is a learned behavior, and we owe it to Colorado's youth to prepare them for a safer future."

In the immediate future, the Colorado State Patrol will partner with other law enforcement agencies to increase patrols targeting impaired drivers on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Media members are encouraged to request ride-along opportunities to gain an in-depth view of law enforcement's efforts to stop impaired driving.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Distracted-Driving Deaths of Pedestrians, Cyclists Up in U.S., Study Finds

From Medline PlusAmerican pedestrians and bicyclists are being killed by distracted drivers in increasing numbers, a new study finds.

Pedestrian deaths caused by distracted driving -- perhaps talking on cell phones, using a GPS or eating at the wheel -- jumped nearly 50 percent in a recent five-year period, reaching 500 in 2010.

The number of bicyclists killed by distracted drivers increased 30 percent, from 56 in 2005 to 73 in 2010, according to the study, which was published in the November-December issue of the journal Public Health Reports.

"We're constantly exposed to distracted drivers," study author Fernando Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a university news release.

"I don't think there's a day that I don't see someone driving and using their cell phone. A lot of times they're texting," he said. "It's something that's pervasive in society. That's one of the reasons it's so difficult to deal with."

White males ages 25 to 64 accounted for two-thirds of the pedestrian victims and 83 percent of the cyclist victims, according to the study. About half of the pedestrian and cyclist deaths occurred during daytime hours. Many were killed in cities and outside of marked crosswalks.

This disturbing trend runs counter to the overall decline in motor-vehicle deaths in the nation.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Registration Open for the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities

Registration is open for the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. The conference is being held in Nashville, Tennessee -Sunday, April 27 to Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Gaylord Opryland.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS JANUARY 24, 2014. If you have not already done so, register now and take advantage of our $350 early bird rate. Rates then rise to $400 until March 14. After March 14, registration is $500.

Visit to register. Also on the website:

· Click HERE to view the tentative list of workshops - Several CPS workshops will offer CEUs
· Click HERE to make your hotel reservation at the Gaylord Opryland
· Click HERE to review the pre-conference workshops offered
· Reserve your exhibit booth - space is available, but is selling quickly

Click HERE for the Nashville Visitors Guide!

Come to Nashville early for the Country Music Marathon! Take the Gaylord Opryland shuttle to downtown for only $10 round trip (special discount for Lifesavers attendees only!) for the 15th Annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon and half marathon, being held April 26, 2014. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 28 stages along the 26.2, 13.1 and 2.6 mile courses, the musically-themed road race is expected to attract over 30,000 runners, walkers, and junior racers. The event culminates with a post-race concert. For more information, visit

Questions? Email Lifesavers at or call 703-922-7944

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in distracted driving accidents are increasing, says new study

From the Public Health Law Research Group
Distracted driving is claiming the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists at an increasing rate, according to a new study published online today in Public Health Reports.

The study examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database from 2005 to 2010 on every crash on US public roads that resulted in at least one death. Pedestrian fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes have steadily increased between 2005 and 2010 - from 347 in 2005 to 500 in 2010. Bicyclist fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes increased from 56 in 2005 to 77 in 2008, decreasing to 73 fatalities in 2010, according to the study.

The study also finds that distracted drivers were 1.6 times more likely than non-distracted drivers to fatally hit pedestrians at marked cross-walks. Distracted drivers were nearly three times more likely to hit pedestrians on road shoulders.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Campaign from NHTSA

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years. As part of the Everyone is a Pedestrian campaign, the Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are launching a one-stop shop website with safety tips and resources for local leaders, city planners, parents and others involved in improving pedestrian safety.

"Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian," said Secretary Foxx. "We all have a reason to support pedestrian safety, and now, everyone has new tools to help make a difference."

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Advocacy Alert: Funding for MAP-21

Funding for Transportation Alternatives in MAP-21

Last year Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, combining several programs for biking and walking including Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails under a new program called Transportation Alternatives. Funding for these programs was reduced by 30%. Currently there are efforts in Congress to redirect resources for the Transportation Alternatives program toward bridge repairs by Senator Rand Paul (KY) through an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations billas well as an amendment by Senator Lee (UT), which would prohibit any funding from being used for Transportation Alternatives. It does not direct the money be spent elsewhere.

While resources are needed to continue to repair and maintain our infrastructure, including bridges, it is also important cities, towns and counties have the resources to provide safe and efficient transportation options for everyone. Dedicating the small amount of Transportation Alternatives funding to bridge repair couldn't fix our country's bridges in 50 years.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendments 1742 and 1798. Please feel free to share this message widely with your partners.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New ad campaign targets pedestrian and cyclist safety

The Denver Post is highlighting new campaigns targeted at traffic safety to prevent motor vehicle crashes due a recent sharp increase in the number of crashes harming cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more about the campaign from the Denver Post article.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Auto-Pedestrian Crashes are on the Rise

"This year's spike in auto-pedestrian collisions is deadly serious, Denver police say, regardless of whether it's a statistical anomaly or an early sign of a long-term problem.

Denver's auto-pedestrian accidents were up 46 percent for the first eight weeks of 2013 over the previous two years. Another grim statistic also stands out: Last year, the city had 13 hit-and-run fatalities, more than the previous three years combined.

"It's not just a police problem; it's a city problem," said Lt. Matt Murray, chief of staff to Denver Police Chief Robert White. "And the city has to work on a solution."

Murray said the city is working on a public education campaign, "but we're getting to a point where we're going to have to take action on enforcement."

When drugs and alcohol aren't involved, collisions are often caused by distractions — signs, people, bright sunshine — and the popularity of smartphones doesn't help, several experts said.

"We have more distracted walkers and drivers checking their text messages and e-mails, and people are just not paying attention," said Lt. Robert Rock, Denver's head traffic investigator."