pedestrian safety News

Why Not Just Retrain Pedestrians to Make Self-Driving Vehicles Safer?

You’re crossing the street wrong. That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of …

The Road Ahead for Autonomous Cars and Auto Insurance

The death of a pedestrian who was struck by an autonomous vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, has brought fresh scrutiny to the accelerating development of self-driving cars. The accident on March 18 is bound to be studied exhaustively, both to determine …

Cities Hope Fines Will Curb Distracted Walkers

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s done it: You are just no good at texting and walking. While you might do OK at the reading and typing part, your preoccupied brain isn’t paying enough attention to what’s …

Black Pedestrians at Higher Risk Than Whites at Crosswalks from Motorists Not Stopping

Motorists approaching mid-block crosswalks are less likely to yield for black pedestrians than white pedestrians and the pedestrian bias is apparently even worse in high-income than low-income neighborhoods, according to a new study out of the University of Nevada at …

Pennsylvania’s York County Sees Sharp Rise in Roadside Deaths

Nita Stout of York, Pennsylvania, was known in some parts of Lewisberry as “the walker.” It was what the Bangladeshi mother of four boys liked to do, usually in the mornings. She did it for exercise and as a way …

Why Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities Are on Rise

The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is expected to have risen by as much as 10 percent when final 2015 statistics are available. That would be the biggest increase ever recorded. The annual Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) …

Cyclist, Pedestrian Traffic Deaths on Rise in U.S.

More Americans are walking and bicycling to work, which is great as a means to reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, and stress. But there’s a grim side to this otherwise healthy change in behavior: More pedestrians and cyclists …

Bike Advocates Applaud Passage of Safety Bill in Maine

Bike safety advocates are celebrating a new law in Maine that they say will make the roads safer for bikers and pedestrians. Brian Allenby of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine tells the Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the new law …

Seattle, Boston Top Cities for Pedestrian Safety

Seattle, where a crowd of football fans celebrating a Super Bowl victory waited at a crosswalk for a signal change this year, is the safest U.S. city for pedestrians, according to a study by Liberty Mutual Holding Co. The city …

Florida Metro Areas Rated Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

A new report says Orlando is the most dangerous metro area for pedestrians, and three other Florida cities are also at the top of the list. The report by the National Complete Streets Coalition says the Tampa, Jacksonville and South …