Today’s Headlines

  • Pedestrian Deaths Up 10 Percent Last Year (Christian Science Monitor) “Fastest Jump… Ever” (Newser)
  • Ped Deaths Up 60 Percent in Utah (KUTV), 124 percent in Ohio (NewsNet5)
  • 2015 Was “Deadliest Year Ever” for Pedestrians in Orange County, California (OC Register)
  • Media Blames “Distracted Pedestrians” (WIVB)
  • State Lawmakers Trying to Save Late Night Transit Service in Boston (Globe)
  • Making Cleveland More Urban Through New Zoning Will Require “Culture Shift” (Cleveland.com)
  • Charleston City Council Places Moratorium on Walkable “Gathering Place” Zoning (Post and Courier)
  • Researchers Settle on 7.7-Mile Light Rail Plan for Ann Arbor (Rail Journal)
  • SD70MACMAN

    Fascinating the “Governors Highway Safety Association” finds that it’s the fault of people walking, not people driving. This feels like AASHTO still saying crosswalks are unsafe because they lead to people crossing the street.

    Aren’t there a ton of studies that have concluded people driving while on the phone or distracted with all the new car gizmos is equivalent or worse than driving drunk? And aren’t car crashes on the rise as well?

  • AnoNYC

    Norway now wants to turn oil profits into bicycle highways

    http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/09/norway-oil-profits-bicycle-highways/

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