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Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Table 1 Pedestrian Fatalities and Percent of Total Traffic Fatalities, 2006–2015

The number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States (U.S.) increased 25 percent from 2010 to 2015, while at the same time, total traffic deaths increased by about six (6) percent. Pedestrians now account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities recorded in the past 25 years. Earlier studies by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), based on preliminary data reported by State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs), were the first to predict recent increases in pedestrian fatalities.

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Detroit, MI: Get Ready for the QLINE!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Detroit, MI: Get Ready for the QLINE!

Local Detroiters may have seen test runs of the city’s new QLINE tram running its 6.6-mile loop between Downtown and Midtown in past weeks, and the city is finally getting ready to let the public climb aboard. Running along Woodward Avenue between Downtown and Midtown, this modern tram line will connect two of Detroit’s most vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife districts. The grand opening is scheduling for Friday, May 12.

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STREETFILMS— Sneckdown Legitimized: Real World Applications from NYC Streets

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
STREETFILMS— Sneckdown Legitimized: Real World Applications from NYC Streets

Every time I post a new video on the sneckdown phenomenon, I get all sorts of comments, emails and tweets on social media that it will never work. That you can’t justify the idea. That I should “stop hating on cars”. That no matter how well done, the video showing sneckdowns 10 feet from the curb that have been there for weeks (that drivers are successful navigating) that they couldn’t work. That we still need all the asphalt for video and that pedestrians are second class citizens.

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6 Things to Do to Curb Crane Accidents at Construction Worksites

Monday, January 30th, 2017
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Construction sites have stringent safety protocols in place to prevent adverse events and accidents. Even with all the precautions and preventive procedures, fatal injury rate for the industry is quite high. This can be attributed to a number of reasons ranging from oversight on part of site managers to malfunctioning equipment. Another probable cause is the sheer size of the industry where at any given day more than 6.5 million people are at work at work sites numbering an approximate 252,000.

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Dangerous by Design 2016

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
FIGURE 1: Map of most dangerous metro areas for people walking based on PDI, 2016

More than 1,200 Complete Streets policies are now in place at the state, regional, and local levels. And over the last year, federal agencies have followed suit with new changes in national policy intended to make streets safer for everyone.

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Who Gets Counted Counts: 2015 Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition - Bike Count

We looked at 8 of the 17 streets where bike lanes were installed between 2010 and 2015 with sufficient collisions and ridership data to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the projects. Overall, the number of automobile collisions decreased, pedestrian collisions stayed relatively flat, and bicycle crash risk decreased, after accounting for increased ridership.

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Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Figure 1: An Illustration of Key Components and Users of the United States’ National Air Space

In 2014, GAO found (1) that many aviation stakeholders saw challenges with aspects of the current U.S. system including funding instability and slow progress implementing capital improvements and (2) that most stakeholders agreed that separating ATC operations from FAA was an option. GAO was asked to explore issues that would be associated with such a change…This report addresses (1) views of selected experts, aviation stakeholders, and the FAA on key transition issues and (2) lessons that can be learned from the transition experiences of selected countries.

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MOST WANTED LIST of Transportation Safety Improvements

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
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Rail transit systems must constantly be monitored and improved to maintain and enhance safety, to catch small problems before they become big ones, and to provide extra layers of protection against disasters…Highway vehicle crashes kill and injure thousands of people each year. But these crashes are largely preventable.

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Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

In 2015, there were 1,330 pedestrian crashes and 59 pedestrian crash fatalities in Colorado. To educate pedestrians and drivers on the importance of safety and observing pedestrian laws, particularly around crosswalks and intersections, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s introduced Fred Estrian: the classic walk signal brought to life. Fred took to the streets of Denver to educate drivers and pedestrians alike on the important of using and remaining alert at crosswalks.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Cyberdefense: Engineering Firms Must Protect Own Networks, and Those that Ensure Public Safety

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
ACEC - Cyberdefense

It’s no secret that digital technology is radically transforming society. Yet, it’s also introducing unforeseen and remarkable risks. Over the last decade, hacking and cybercrime have evolved from an inconvenient nuisance to a persistent and ominous threat. Hardly a day goes by without news of a major breach somewhere in the world, often to the tune of millions of dollars or involving highly sensitive data and intellectual property. What’s more, the control of energy systems, transportation networks and a growing swath of other types of infrastructure are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks and cyberterrorism.

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