Elderly woman decapitated as truck driver slams into her in Brooklyn intersection: 'It was terrifying'
https://www.cyclingeu.com/95566/a-look-inside-dutch-street-design-details-a-more-people-oriented-approach/ A look inside Dutch street design details: A more people-oriented approach #ActiveLiving #ActiveMobility #AllAges&Abilities #Bicycling #bikes #Biking #CargoBikes #CultureOfActivity #Cycling #CyclingNetherlands #DutchCycling #Netherlands #ProtectedBikeLanes #SafeStreets #urbanism
D.C. weighs banning cars in three corridors to create pedestrian zones
With quotes from our own @beyonddc!
🤨 “A new game aims to improve #artificialintelligence #AI detection in #autonomousvehicles #AV by challenging people to avoid being recognized by an object-detection #algorithm”
Or instead of playing games invest time and money on #safestreets, #trafficcalming, #walkability and #publictransport #transit
You win this street game by getting “hit” by a #selfdriving car https://bigthink.com/the-present/you-win-this-street-game-by-getting-hit-by-a-self-driving-car/ #carcentric #motonormativity #mobility
https://thespinoff.co.nz/wellington/23-11-2023/wellingtons-massive-cycling-upgrade-is-ambitious-fast-and-surprisingly-cheap “When you do little sections, you can get some targeted gain, but it’s not until you have connectivity that you see the exponential shift” #biketooter #wellington #waroncars #visionzero #safestreets
Happy Friday! #Baltimore is getting 8 brand new red-light enforcement cameras
Posting on behalf of Beacon Hill Safe Streets & Rainier Valley Greenways-Safe Streets:
We're having our last joint monthly meeting of the year Tuesday November 21 at 6 pm via Zoom! We're going to catch up on recent events and discuss our plans for next year. See you tonight!
"There are countless other #transit, #pedestrian and #SafeStreets projects that deserve a similar sense of urgency. #Transportation is the state’s biggest source of planet-warming emissions." https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-11-19/editorial-10-freeway-why-cant-more-transportation-get-fast-tracked
https://dailyprogress.com/news/local/veo-declares-scooter-e-bikes-a-hit-in-charlottesville/article_36add26e-84c0-11ee-b357-5fe53d42d6c3.html “the No. 1 action cities could take to increase rider safety is to install protected bike lanes” #biketooter #waroncars #climate #safestreets #visionzero #cville
This advice is a bit too much “vehicular #cycling” and #victimblaming because
1️⃣”#bike #infrastructure projects take years if not generations, and if your town doesn’t have any then it does nothing for you right now”
2️⃣”you can pretty much count on drivers to do the wrong thing” https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/biking/five-bike-safety-tips-that-are-more-important-than-wearing-a-helmet/ #safestreets #safety #carcentric #motonormativity
“dramatic rise in accidents killing or injuring #pedestrians and #bicyclists has led to a myriad of policy and #infrastructure changes, but moves to ban right on red have drawn some of the most intense sentiments on both sides”
"U.S. is one of few major countries that generally allow right turns on red”
"an example of bad policy”
“It doesn’t make sense to treat cars and #bikes the same” https://apnews.com/article/red-light-turn-pedestrian-bicyclist-deaths-7f5bdee9c7b3f4cbf005f1844f486123
This is kind of a big deal
“Last week, Sen. John #Fetterman (D–Penn.) quietly introduced the Building Safer Streets Act, which would require the Federal Highway Administration and US DOT to institute a slate of reforms aimed at building safer roadway #infrastructure, while ensuring that small communities can access the federal funds they need to make those changes” https://usa.streetsblog.org/2023/11/15/new-bill-would-finally-rewrite-the-notorious-mutcd-for-vulnerable-road-user-safety #safestreets #safety #walkability #bikelanes #transportation #design
Related by @irishcycle
“As a society, we’re really poor at judging #risk and we get fixated on the risks we think about”
“The main effect is to shift the focus of blame to vulnerable road users and away from motorists, the lack of enforcement, and the lack of official and political will to act quickly and decisively on the #design of our roads and laws that would make them safer” https://irishcycle.com/2023/10/25/ok-lets-imagine-high-vis-is-a-key-part-of-our-road-safety-solution-how-would-it-work/ #safestreets #victimblaming #carcentric #motonormativity
https://www.npr.org/2023/11/13/1212589284/skinny-roads-save-lives-according-to-a-study-on-the-width-of-traffic-lanes “engineers should make roads narrower to reduce car crashes. Such improvements would also come with environmental and economic benefits” #safestreets #visionzero #urbanism #biketooter #waroncars #climate #safety
Many drivers—of all ages—have little or no personal experience of biking on streets today. It makes sense they might not automatically think of some areas of concern. Help them share streets safely by telling them about the free webinar Bike-Safe Driving. https://bikemonterey.org/bike-safe-driving-and-other-free-bike-related-webinars.html
“already been a narrative that #Cruise is the bad actor while #Waymo is doing virtually everything right. But that needs to be resisted because it’s simply not true”
"Addressing the problems on our #roads won’t come from flawed #technologies pushed by powerful #corporations, but getting to the root causes: things like poor road #design, an overreliance on #cars, and the size and weight of the vehicles” https://www.disconnect.blog/p/self-driving-cars-still-arent-the #AVs #autonomousvehicles #safestreets #safety
Hooray for the dozens of Weathersfield Elementary students, parents, and staff who turned out this morning for another successful “walk’n’roll” event. Thanks too to @thousandoakspd and @cityofthousandoaks crossing guards who ensured this was a safe and fun event for everyone, and to CVUSD trustee @powell4cvusd for her good ideas on widening the walk’n’roll effort.
Studies have found that walking or riding to school not only makes for healthier kids, but also correlates with better academic performance. Contact your PTA if you’d like to start a walk’n’roll effort at your kids’ school!
“causes of car crashes & their link to #planning & #transport policies continue to be ignored”
“policies have promoted #carcentric #infrastructure & urban #sprawl. #Publictransport & #activetransport such as #walking & #cycling have been neglected”
“inconsequential modifications mostly target the potential victims, which highlights our state of denial of the role of cars” https://theconversation.com/our-children-are-victims-of-road-violence-we-need-to-talk-about-the-deadly-norms-of-car-use-214476 #victimblaming #motonormativity #safestreets
#Cruise Reportedly Knew Its #Robotaxis Struggled to Notice #Children and Kept Them on the Road Anyway
“#Cruise #AVs may not exercise additional care around #children”
“Based on the simulation results, we can't rule out that a fully #autonomousvehicle might have struck the child”
“the #selfdriving industry's self-proclaimed raison d'etre is that its #technology will ‘save lives’ by being safer than human drivers” 🙄 https://futurism.com/the-byte/cruise-robotaxis-children #safety #safestreets #GM #GeneralMotors #driverless
#DirtRally2 is like "Own an Expensive Car Simulator 2023"
It should be illegal to drive them on the street.
Great news! I can't wait to ride safely on Eastlake Ave. In the meantime, Sara Nelson and Eastlake Community Council can go fuck themselves. #SEABikes #SafeStreets
Why Pedestrians Never Die In This New Jersey City
In other news, a recent study found that water is wet…
Parents: Students who walk or ride bikes to school do better.
There are walk’n’roll events scheduled TODAY at Banyan and EARThS Magnet schools. Talk with your principal and PTA about a similar program at your kids’ school.
Excellent event in #MadisonWI coming up: #MadisonBikes, the WI chapter of #CNU and the Wisconsin Student Planning Assocation are organizing a showing of #TheStreetProject and a panel discussion. Oct 30, free admission, but RSVP requested https://isthmus.com/events/street-project/
There have been 26 deaths of cyclists on #nyc streets so far this year.
Mayor Adam’s vetoes every plan to reduce road violence and calm streets, tanking years of community study and work to make our streets safe for everyone — even if you’re not in a car.
Frédérique Uster-Hug, widow of slain cyclist advocate mowed down by a truck in a bike lane last year sums up our shameful numbers:
@bikeottawa Great idea! It reminds me of the Velo bus here in #France. Built like a mini bus, but everyone has to pedal. Meanwhile, there is even a company that builds it with a solar roof, then the minibus is autonomous for about 20 km. https://www.cc37.org/en-normandie-un-velo-bus-de-ramassage-scolaire-ou-les-enfants-pedalent/ #schoolbus #KidsOnBikes #SafeStreets #bikes #school #velo #Fahrrad
Supposedly the reason #Monopoly takes so long is because most everyone plays by the house rule that landing on Free Parking gives you all the fees collected so far. Treating it just as a blank space speeds things up dramatically.
New BONUS episode: "Celebrating Your Wins!" After a quick news roundup, we hear from listeners about the ways in which they're winning The War on Cars. Become a Patreon supporter for access to this and all our bonus content.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plan-for-drivers/the-plan-for-drivers “The introduction of 20mph speed limits in all residential areas in Wales and the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London has shone a spotlight on the issues drivers are facing” #backlash #safestreets #twentyisplenty #waroncars #climate #airquality #london #wales #oxford #urbanism
@ggwash “Leaders who participated were profoundly affected by the experience, many of whom recognized a greater need for investments in non-car forms of transportation and infrastructure because they weren’t able to get around without a car during the week” #equity #waroncars #accessibility #safestreets #transit #biketooter #bikedc
@Nondriver “while there are many challenges for those who are getting around the city without a car, I think there are just as many good reasons to get out, experience the community, and be connected with your surroundings” #accessibility #biketooter #waroncars #climate #urbanism #safestreets #airquality
https://nation.cymru/news/new-research-details-astonishing-impact-of-wales-20mph-speed-limit-after-first-week/ “incredible safety benefits to pedestrians and cyclists as well as an expected improvement in air quality to all residents and road users” #publicsafety #safestreets #waroncars #climate #twentyisplenty #wales #biketooter #airquality
Amy Cohen, cofounder of Families for Safe Streets (https://www.familiesforsafestreets.org) on #BikeLeague / League of American #Bicyclists webinar Slow Roads Save Lives (https://bikeleague.org/take-action/slow-roads-save-lives/).
Amy's son Sammy was age 12 when killed by preventable epidemic of traffic violence. Later the speed limit there was slowed, and a child age 5 struck on the same street survived.
Resource Guide, currently available in 3 languages:
Families for #SafeStreets Resource Guide https://www.familiesforsafestreets.org/resource-guides
Amy commented: been at this for 10 years and never would have believed change happens so slowly; persist!
Quit complaining carbrains and #cycling snobs!
“all the research points to positive results when it comes to #bicycles with an electric boost” #ebikes
“People who ride #bikes should support people who ride #bikes. People who drive cars should #sharetheroad with all users. Communities should want various modes of #transportation, and options that include saving the planet” https://www.bicycling.com/news/a45244769/heres-why-we-all-need-to-support-e-bikes-instead-of-complaining-about-them/ #cycling #infrastructure #safestreets #health #climatechange
I wanna brag and shout out @inliuofjoan and myself (and others!) for the intersection of Franklin and Pearl street in #EastSomerville - the initial pearl street reconstruction plan included no treatments for this intersection which leads to two schools and a corner store. We advocated for a raised crossing, and now that it’s in, driver yield compliance has improved markedly! #safestreets #somerville #infrastrucure #walkablecities
🌍🚘 The latest post in my Unfucking the Climate series focuses on how cars have destroyed society. The ”War on Cars” is both entirely imaginary, yet should be an utterly sensible mainstream policy.
People need to be free to move around their world without constant fear of being killed, so let’s invest in low-carbon alternatives that do that.
This wagon carries 150lbs of groceries, (that’s a respectable beer run) weighs 20lbs, and can fold up in a closet.
Unlike the wagons in the background, you can wheel this one right into the store.
When I’m lucky, my kid pulls it, meaning my personal energy efficiency goes to infinity.
Urban progressives: “We’re all for the environment and safety, but don’t you dare take away our parking or tell us how we should move around our city!”
Grand is one of Oakland's most popular locations. It runs along gorgeous Lake Merritt and hosts so many wonderful local businesses
It is also a high injury multi-lane road where drivers speed past pedestrians in the crosswalk hitting one of our neighbors every month
When we want to see "liberals" loose their sh1t in the same way, just look at the anti-#safestreets campaigners.
Literal #CarBrain "social justice"
A few days ago, a 15 year old was killed in a collision with a van in Bend, Oregon, while riding an #ebike.
Disappointingly and predictably, people are harping how dangerous ebikes are, and that the rider wasn't wearing a helmet.
My first thought was, "wait a minute, do we know whether the ebike motor or lack of helmet had anything to do with the poor kid's death?" Pedestrians and (non electric) cyclists are killed by vehicle every day in America. This felt like victim blaming and pearl clutching over new technology, avoiding discussion of the real problem (#FuckCars!).
Turns out, I'm right...
This is where the kid died (in attached picture, yellow arrow). Does this look like a safe place for bikes or kids? Fuck no.
As Jonathan Maus, the author of that article states:
"Folks need to spend less time pointing fingers and more time in front of a mirror. I’m hearing a lot of people demand “more education!”, “more enforcement!”, “more laws!” Those are lazy responses because they put the onus on someone else to do something. If we want to make streets safe for everyone, we must reflect on our own behaviors. One of the major tenets of the “safe systems” approach to traffic safety (that PBOT and many other cities are working on as part of their vision zero goal) is that our streets should allow people to make small errors in judgment without the consequence of death."
This should be our litmus test whenever we're building any new bicycle infrastructure. We should always ask ourselves if we would want our elderly parents or grandparents riding in it. Or if we'd want our children and grandchildren riding in it. If it's not safe enough for our most vulnerable then it's not safe enough. Period.
Have we considered Means Testing free parking? Like, if you can fill out 50 forms, prove your income is lower than an already lower-than-reasonable level, and verify everything in-person every three months through an office impossible to reach if you don't take public transit -- you can park on the sides of streets for free. For everyone else, you can't leech off of the rest of us, and you need to pay! #Urbanism #SafeStreets #BikeLanes
New MIT research on footpath maps.
> It’s easier than ever to view maps of any place you’d like to go — by car, that is. By foot is another matter. Most cities and towns in the U.S. do not have sidewalk maps, and pedestrians are usually left to fend for themselves: Can you walk from your hotel to the restaurants on the other side of the highway? Is there a shortcut from downtown to the sports arena? ...
I moved instances so I guess I need to do another #introduction post
So hi everyone, I'm Wesley 👋
RT @BikeWestVic@twitter.com (I'm trying to get them on Mastodon).
Another close call on Footscray Road.
Frightening footage that demonstrates just how bad the Dock Link Rd intersection is.
Who will take responsibility to fix it? vicroads or WestGateTunnel?
Some activists in Minneapolis are trying to get an urban highway turned back into a boulevard.
It's always so sad to see the historic photos of what used to be there before American streets were turned into highways and stroads.
If you live in or around the Minneapolis area, be sure to check it out and maybe even help them bring back 6th Avenue!