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Feds Focus on Pedestrian, Cyclist Safety

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The “Safer People, Safer Streets” initiative at the Department of Transportation will study how to improve conditions for people walking and riding bikes.
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MTA Drivers Are Training to Avoid Collisions — But Is It Working?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WNYC

The MTA's new hires start with a 10-day training period behind the wheel with an instructor. After that, trainees spend four weeks driving an actual route with an experienced driver watching over them. Is it enough?

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Transportation Nation

How Many Deaths Does It Take to Redesign an Intersection?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

WNYC

A 25-lane Queens intersection had already claimed one life before 23-year-old Ella Bandes died there last year.

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Transportation Nation

Boise Bikes More Than New York

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Portland, Oregon, had the most bike commuters – more than six percent. Which shouldn't surprise anyone who's watched Portlandia. And while more people are biking to work overall, most people still drive. 

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NYC Gets Federal Pedestrian Safety Grant to Target "Young Men"

Friday, April 25, 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just announced the winners of its $1.6 million pedestrian safety grant program, and New York City is getting the largest award.

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Bratton Lowballs NYC Jaywalking Summonses

Thursday, March 13, 2014

NYPD chief Bill Bratton says that the outcry over jaywalking tickets is overblown, but the numbers may tell a different story.

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Pedestrian Deaths Drop Nationally

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Following a three-year uptick, preliminary data indicates the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes may now be on the decline.

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63 Ways de Blasio Wants to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From increasing speeding enforcement at the precinct level (8) to creating an honor roll of safe cab drivers (51), New York City agencies have come together to craft a comprehensive street safety blueprint.

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Transportation Nation

Trying to Ratchet Down NYC's Street Tensions With Love -- and Valentines

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Traffic engineers often refer to things like speed bumps and pedestrian islands as 'traffic calming' measures. On Sunday, activists took to one particularly troublesome intersection and employed a different method of street soothing -- one that involved the judicious application of Valentines and hot chocolate.

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Transportation Nation

Pedestrian Safety Measures Pick Up Speed

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The day New York's City Council unanimously passed a bill to step up the installation of speed humps near schools, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the council is working to pass a bill lowering speed limits by the end of next month -- her last in the city council.

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D.C. Traffic Cameras To Police Crosswalks, Stop Signs

Friday, November 22, 2013

Would you race around an elderly woman en route to the elevator, cut her off, then gleefully shut the door in her face? Then don't do it in a crosswalk with a car. You can't get a ticket for the former -- but starting soon, in D.C. you'll get one for the latter behavior.

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New York, San Francisco, Boston Top List of Country's Most Walkable Cities

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Want to live in a neighborhood where you don't have to own a car? There's a website for that.

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Why Driving on the Sidewalk Doesn't Automatically Result in a Ticket

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When the driver of a Honda Pilot hopped a curb in Queens last week, striking several children, that action triggered an NYPD investigation -- meaning the driver could face consequences. Here's why that's unusual in New York City.

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Transportation Nation

Pedestrian Fatalities On the Rise Nationwide

Monday, August 05, 2013

Even as overall traffic fatalities decrease, newly released 2011 data shows it's becoming more dangerous to be a pedestrian. According to the DOT's National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011.  Pedestrians were among the few categories of road users where deaths rose, accounting for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities in 2011, up three percent from 2010.

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D.C. Moves Forward On Transformative Frederick Douglass Bridge Project

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WAMU

A $900 million vision to transform two D.C. neighborhoods by turning a freeway into a grand boulevard is taking shape. “It's going to be a gateway into the city instead of a thoroughfare out of the city,” says one city official.

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NYC's Summer Streets 2013 Includes Car-Free Central Park

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

WNYC

Pedestrians and cyclists, start your engines: Central Park's East and West Drives will be just for you. At least until Labor Day.

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Want to Know Which Way Is North? Don't Ask a New Yorker

Monday, June 24, 2013

Even the locals get confused. According to research, ten percent of New Yorkers are lost at any given time. Now, the city is installing new pedestrian signage to point them in the right direction -- and get them to open their wallets en route.

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Bay Area Drivers Face Few Consequences in Pedestrian Deaths

Thursday, May 23, 2013

KALW

Most drivers who kill pedestrians in the Bay Area are never charged -- even when they are found to be at fault, according to analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting. And the drivers who are charged face light punishments at best.

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NYC DOT Study: Street Redesign Good for the Economy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Union Square's pedestrian plaza (photo by Kate Hinds)

New York City's Department of Transportation says redesigned streets have been very, very good to small businesses.

A new report says that retail sales are up along city streets that have bike paths, pedestrian plazas, slow zones, or select bus service.

In some cases, the increase is dramatic: on Brooklyn's Pearl Street, where the DOT maintains retail sales have increased by 172 percent since a parking triangle was turned into a pedestrian plaza.

In Measuring the Street, the DOT lays out metrics for evaluating street redesign projects. These include benchmarks like injuries, traffic speed and volume. And now it includes retail sales data along redesigned routes.

The report casts the city's street redesign in a favorable light just as hundreds of planners descend on the city for the Designing Cities conference, happening this week at New York University.

"For the first time, we have years of retail sales that were reported to the Department of Finance, and we were able to look at that data and apply it directly to the SBS corridors, the bike lane projects, etc.," said DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Sadik-Khan ticked off a list of streets that she said economically benefited from being overhauled.

"On Fordham Road [in the Bronx], we saw the growth in the retail sales by local businesses -- and these are not chain stores -- grow 71 percent following the introduction of the SBS route there in 2008, which is three times the borough-wide growth rate."

The report says that along Ninth Avenue, retail sales are up 49 percent -- sixteen times the borough growth rate -- three years after that street's protected bike lane went in. Manhattan's Union Square, which was revamped in 2010, reports a lower commercial vacancy rate.

Sadik-Khan said the reason for increased sales is straightforward: if you build it, the people will come.

And presumably those people have wallets.

"We've seen anywhere between a 10 to 15 percent increase in ridership on all the SBS bus routes," Sadik-Khan said, "amid a citywide decline of 5 percent on bus routes."  She said more riders along a route means more people getting on and off the bus, which means more foot traffic.

The DOT looked at sales tax records reported to the city's Department of Finance. The data excludes large chain stores and non-retail businesses.

 

 

 

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NYC Pedestrians, Open Your Eyes!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pedestrians! Pay attention! (photo by -- and shadow of -- Kate Hinds)

(UPDATED with new photo) That's message of a new street treatment being tested by the New York City Department of Transportation. We photographed this one at the corner of Second Avenue and 79th Street, on Manhattan's East Side.

The sign faces people about to step into the intersection and cross the street -- meaning it's oriented to pedestrians, not drivers or bicyclists.

The message comes at a time when nationally, streets are getting less safe for pedestrians. The federal government recently released a report that found pedestrian deaths were up 4% in 2010. Another report says older pedestrians in the New York City metropolitan area are more than twice as likely to be killed by cars or trucks than those under age 60.

We asked the NYC Department of Transportation all kinds of questions about the LOOK! street marking: Is it part of a campaign to combat distracted walking? Will there be more markings? If so, where and when?

Department spokesman Seth Solomonow declined to elaborate. "We'll be get back to you when we have more info," he said.

But a colleague recently snapped a photo at a bus shelter -- also, as it turns out, on the Upper East Side -- that makes it clear the LOOK signs are a larger campaign. "Traffic injuries are avoidable," reads a poster. "Look before you cross the street."

Seen on an Upper East Side bus shelter (photo by Caitlyn Kim/WNYC)

And, as the blog Bowery Boogie notes, the signs are also making an appearance downtown.

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