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Streets Without Sidewalks Are Killing Florida Pedestrians

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Florida is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to Transportation for America. More than 5,100 people were killed while walking in the state between 2003 and 2010, and four Florida cities rated among T4A’s list of the most dangerous for walking. But to its credit, the Florida Department of Transportation is trying to change that. A new study […]
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3 Graphs That Explain Why 20 MPH Should Be the Limit on City Streets

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Speed kills, especially on city streets teeming with pedestrians and cyclists. The investigative news nonprofit ProPublica has produced an interactive graph that deftly conveys how just a few miles per hour can spell the difference between life and death when a person is struck by a motorist. ProPublica’s Lena Groeger used data from the AAA Safety Foundation to chart the plummeting […]

Star-Crossed Crosswalks: Peds Will Have to Wait for Safe Passage in Lakeview

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Yesterday there was some good news about the intersection of Newport Avenue and Southport Avenue, located half a block north of the Brown Line’s Southport stop: New crosswalk coming soon to #SouthportCorridor at Newport! Thanks @AldTomTunney & @ChicagoDOT! pic.twitter.com/qJX6H3cCyV — Lakeview Chamber (@ThisIsLakeview) May 12, 2016 However, it didn’t turn out to be accurate news. […]

Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crashes Are All Too Common in Chicago

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[The Chicago Reader recently launched a weekly transportation column written by Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield. This partnership allows Streetsblog to extend the reach of our livable streets advocacy. We syndicate a portion of the column after it comes out online; you can read the remainder on the Reader’s website or in print. The paper hits the streets […]
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Peatónito: Protecting Pedestrians in the Crosswalk

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Peatónito (“little pedestrian”) might be the most beloved figure in the world of street safety. How can you not love a superhero who protects pedestrians from cars?! Since donning the cape and luchador mask three years ago, he’s become a media sensation in Mexico. This week he’s in New York City for Transportation Alternatives’ Vision Zero for Cities 2016 conference, […]

Traffic Engineers Still Rely on a Flawed 1970s Study to Reject Crosswalks

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When St. Louis decided not to maintain colorful new crosswalks that residents had painted, the city’s pedestrian coordinator cited federal guidance. A 2011 FHWA memo warns that colorful designs could “create a false sense of security” for pedestrians and motorists. That may sound like unremarkable bureaucrat-speak, but the phrase “false sense of security” is actually a cornerstone of American engineering guidance […]