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A report from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research aims to better understand perceptions of street safety risks by looking at crashes that weren't. Image: Kinder Institute

Attempting to Gauge the Impact of “Near-Miss” Incidents on Houston’s Streets

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We've all had this experience while walking or biking -- someone cutting us off, or swerving, leaving us catching our breath and thinking, "That was close." Close encounters, just inches away from being a collision, have a big impact on how we think about street safety, but they're not well understood, since they're rarely, if ever, reported. A new report out of Houston attempts to gauge the impact of these "near-miss" incidents.

Today’s Headlines

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Seattle and Los Angeles Transit Agencies Speak Out Against Trump’s Transit Cuts (MyNorthwest, Urbanist) Missing in Reuters Story About Uber-Riding City Dwellers Who Go Car-Free: Any Mention of Transit People Love Talking About Them, But Self-Driving Cars Do Not Yet Exist and Are Far in the Future (Economist) Hampton Roads Transit Death Spiral: Ridership Drops, Pols Ask How […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Lightsaber Fights From Autonomous Pods

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This week's guest is Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Schweitzer talks about how her students respond to urban planning classes, what a recent controversy in a Los Angeles City Council election reveals about bike advocacy, and autonomous vehicles and land use policy.

Today’s Headlines

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Who Killed a Federal Inquiry Into America’s Sky-High Transit Construction Costs? (Vox) CityLab Looks at How Trump’s Budget Is Bad for Bicycling Trump Budget Cuts Transit Funding, But Leaves Door Open for Maryland’s Purple Line (WaPo) Boston Launches Pilot for All-Door Boarding Along Silver Line Bus (Next City) Denver Suburb Paid Lots of Money to Offer Free […]