Monday’s Headlines Are Feeling Congested

Image: PxHere, CC
Image: PxHere, CC
  • Planners keep looking for other solutions, but the only way to reduce traffic is to drive less. (Planetizen)
  • Dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times for pedestrians. (Streetsblog USA)
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council has a new guide for cities on parking and mobility.
  • The idea of open streets didn’t originate with the pandemic. One architect envisioned streets as gathering places a century ago. (Popular Science)
  • A new tool that improves upon the oft-cited Walk Score shows that pedestrians and Black residents are being disproportionately killed during Washington, D.C.’s spike in crashes, despite Vision Zero. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • Unsurprisingly, an Ohio State study found that drivers are more likely to kill people on wide, straight Columbus roads where it seems safe to drive fast, including city streets that just look like highways.
  • The chair of CapMetro says the Austin transit agency should be focused on equity as it embarks on a historic expansion. (American-Statesman)
  • Phoenix is upgrading crosswalks, but not at the statistically most dangerous intersections. (Arizona Republic)
  • Atlanta is starting to feel the effects of the federal infrastructure law, which will boost road funding by 20 percent and transit funding by 30 percent. (AJC)
  • An authority to oversee Omaha’s proposed new streetcar meets for the first time today. (World-Herald)
  • Des Moines will build 28 blocks of residential sidewalks this year, but the city has identified 700 miles of gaps in the network. (Axios)
  • These are the most dangerous intersections in Savannah. (Morning News)
  • Here’s a frightening video of a Tesla crashing into a Columbus, Ohio, convention center. (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
  • The New York Times marvels over London opening a new rail line, wondering if NYC could ever do the same, but let’s be honest, as Yonah Freemark remarked, it’s not really cutting edge.


Portland’s Safer Streets: How Do They Do It?

Last Sunday in New York, the Street Memorial Project organized a ride in memory of the 14 bicyclists and more than 100 pedestrians killed by cars in the city in 2008. You can see the StreetFilm about the ride here. PBOT traffic safety expert Greg Raisman. Photo © J. Maus. In Portland, OR, they marked […]

WHO Report Highlights Global Health Risk of Traffic

Pro football player Donte’ Stallworth was sentenced to jail today after killing a pedestrian in an alcohol-related crash. (Photo: AP) The disparity between the 13 percent of road fatalities suffered by non-drivers and the amount that the federal government spends on their safety — less than 1 percent — may come as a surprise to […]

More Portland Cyclists Mean Safer Portland Streets

Portland, Oregon. Photo: Lynette_1_2_3/Flickr Today on the Streetsblog Network, people are talking about safety, among other things. Bike Portland has a post on how the number of bike commuters is up in that bike-friendly city and the number of traffic injuries to bicyclists is down, while Bike PGH wants to see some local response to […]

Hans Monderman, Engineer of Livable Streets, 1947-2008

New Mobility Agenda‘s Eric Britton sends along sad news that Hans Monderman, the Dutch traffic engineer renowned for his innovative "shared space" plans emphasizing human interaction and negotiation over blind obedience to mechanical traffic control devices, died yesterday. He was a rare and radical traffic engineer who believed that the art and science of his […]