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Cycleway Fundamentals: Safety, Momentum, Comfort

Sometimes in designing walkways and cycleways and streets and roadways it’s easy to get caught up in details and lose sight of the overall goals. I even ran into this problem as I was writing this and had to continually de-detail. It’s human nature I guess. Fundamentals are important because it’s important that we understand […]

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Steen MN vs Drenthe NL

Yesterday morning Andrea Boeve of Steen, MN was killed while riding her bicycle along MN 270 with her two children in a tow-behind trailer. She was killed by Christopher Weber who was driving a pickup truck. He was apparently paying more attention to his cell phone than to the road and likely just barely crossed […]

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Bicycling: Relatively Safe

For some time I’ve maintained that riding a bicycle safely on the road in the U.S. is, relative to driving a car, fairly safe. My reasoning was based largely on statistics indicating that bicycle fatalities generally make up about 2% of all road fatalities in the U.S., a modal share of about 1% (EG, about […]

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Advancing Pedestrian Safety: Countermeasures that Work

In this presentation, Dr. Ron Van Houten will review pedestrian safety issues, including safety assessments and potential treatment options that target the behavior of both pedestrians and drivers to improve safety. A number of successful pedestrian-focused countermeasures will be described as part of an effort to improve pedestrian compliance at crossings. Countermeasures targeting drivers include a variety of signs, markings, and signals, such as advance stop lines and yield markings, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and in-street signs.

In addition, Van Houten will highlight the development and results of a successful pedestrian sting operation—a high-visibility enforcement initiative conducted to improve proper yielding behavior of drivers. Following the presentation, there will be time for a discussion on pedestrian safety issues in Minnesota.

Dr. Ron Van Houten is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty at Western Michigan University. He is also a researcher with the Roadway Safety Institute. Van Houten has worked extensively in the field of traffic and pedestrian safety and has developed many innovative traffic safetycountermeasures. He is the past chair of the TRB Pedestrian Committee and a consultant for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. He has also worked on the Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan for the FHWA Pedestrian Safety Program. He received the Patricia Waller Award at TRB in 2014 for his efforts to improve driver yielding behavior to pedestrians on a citywide basis.

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A Crash Lesson in Crash Causes

A friend of mine recently had a bike-riding experience worthy of story-telling, and agreed to share it here.  Della Kurzer-Zlotnick, the author, will be moving to Oberlin for college this fall. I’ve just gotten into biking as a primary form of transportation in the last year or two. As a car-free, environmentally conscious recent high school graduate, […]

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