Walk safely: How to be a good pedestrian

Walking to work. Jogging down a busy street. Even just walking through a parking lot. At one time or another, we are all pedestrians. Unfortunately, it seems like we hear about a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle on an increasingly regular basis. It begs the question: how many of these crashes could have been… Learn More »

Have you seen these white silhouettes on Portland streets?

Have you seen one of these white profiles at an intersection, or along the side of the road? Did you know what it was, or understand what it signified? These white silhouettes represent cyclists, pedestrians, passengers and drivers* killed in motor vehicle crashes. Families and friends of the victims marked the locations on Sunday—World Day… Learn More »

Improving the “Standard” Way of Thinking

The number of cars on the road has increased by leaps and bounds since the invention of roads. The highway engineers now focus on creating wider, faster roads to allow for the increased traffic. However, many engineers have lost sight of what is most important: Safety. As described by engineer Charles Marohn, ”First comes speed;… Learn More »

Changing the “Standard” Way of Thinking

A traffic engineer speaks up for pedestrians, safety For decades, the focus of engineers building roads and highways has drifted towards creating wider, faster roads to allow for constantly increasing traffic. While focusing on more efficient transportation, civil engineering may have lost sight of what is most important: public safety. Engineer Charles Marohn describes the… Learn More »

Car Design Impacts Pedestrian Safety

A car, truck or SUV hits a pedestrian 70,000 times per year in the U.S., but only about 6% are fatal crashes. That’s a remarkably low number of fatalities, considering the severity of the impact of a 4,000 lb. car on a human body – and it’s partially due to big changes made by auto… Learn More »

Teaching Children to Walk Safely

13,000 pedestrians injured in 2009 were age 14 or younger. That same year, 4,092 pedestrians were killed. Young children accounted for 244 of those fatalities, and were typically injured near their home or in a neighborhood setting. Here are safety tips from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for teaching children to be safe pedestrians. Walk safely:… Learn More »

Car Makers Moving Towards “Self-driving” Vehicles

Volvo has a pedestrian detection system that brakes automatically. Ford sells a car that parallel parks itself using sensors. The first versions of automatic braking systems prevented 25% of low-speed crashes. And now autonomous – or “self-driving” – cars are coming to a highway near you. According to a CNN report, recent improvements in auto… Learn More »

Kids with ADHD More Likely to Be Hit by Cars

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics indicates that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be hit by cars when crossing the street. The study examined 2 groups of children between the ages of 7 and 10: one group with ADHD and one group without. Researchers at the University… Learn More »