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What is the effect of in-pavement flashing lights on motorist speeds, yielding behavior, and conflicts with pedestrians?
Many communities are asking about the efficacy of in-roadway flashing warning lights as a safety enhancement at uncontrolled pedestrian crosswalks. An in-roadway warning light system (IRWL) "consists of a series of amber or white lighting units encased in durable housings and embedded in the pavement parallel to a marked crosswalk& ...more >
How many pedestrians are killed and injured each year?
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and 59,000 were injured. These numbers represent a 22 percent drop from 1998. ...more >
What is the current 'state of the art' regarding the design of safe crosswalks, especially in urban settings?
Treatments to improve the safety of crosswalks include: Raised mid-point median. Pedestrian-initiated amber, overhead flashing lights. Stopline painted on the roadway some distance in advance of the crosswalk ( ...more >
Why doesn't our city install more traffic signals to help us cross the street?
Traffic signals are an important means of traffic control. When used properly (and where warranted) they can help improve safety, move more cars, and make it easier to cross the street. The number of crashes at an intersection ( ...more >
What is traffic justice?
Traffic justice is a term that describes another way to look at motor vehicle crashes, which kill more than 40,000 and injure several million people in America each year. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of children and even young adults into their 30s. ...more >
What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $3,840,000 (2005 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 784 bicyclists killed in 2005 totals more than $ ...more >
What is jaywalking?
Most state and local codes do not reference the term jaywalking; it is not officially defined. It is slang for crossing a street at a point other than an intersection or marked crosswalk, or crossing against a traffic signal indication. ...more >
Are there health risks to walking?
The health benefits of walking far outweigh the risks, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend following reasonable precautions to minimize and eliminate the risks associated with physical activity in general. ...more >
How do cell phones affect pedestrian and bicyclist behavior?
Although there has been extensive research examining the effect of cell phone use on automobile drivers, much less is known about how cell phone use affects pedestrian and bicyclist behavior. To date, ...more >
What effect do in-street crosswalk signs have on drivers?
Example in-street sign. Motorist compliance with crosswalk laws increased dramatically in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia, after in-street crosswalk signs similar to the ones shown in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices ( ...more >