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What if humans evolved to survive car crashes?

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Humans are smart, but we’re also squishy, vulnerable, and prone to putting ourselves in heavy, explosion-powered machines that roll along the ground in excess of 70 miles per hour. In 2014, there were 32,674 car accident-related fatalities in the US alone. So what would happen if humans evolved specifically to survive an auto crash?

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The New York Times: When Pedestrians Get Mixed Signals

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“We’re heavily enforcing pedestrian violations because they’re impeding traffic and causing too many accidents and deaths,” said Lt. Lydia Leos of the Los Angeles Police Department. Thus a familiar pattern reasserts itself: The best way to reduce pedestrian deaths is to issue tickets to pedestrians. A similar dynamic can be seen in recent weeks after a spate of pedestrian deaths …

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News & Notes

In News & Notes by Jef Nickerson14 Comments

Grist: States promise to sell one new EV for every 24 people by 2025 They’re starting to step up. Eight states that represent, according to the New York Times, “a quarter of the national car market” just announced they’re going to work together on creating a better system for drivers of electric vehicles. They are, in descending order of population …

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News & Notes

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Photo (cc) Transportation for America Greater Greater Washington: When we lost the War on Pedestrians Every new bike lane, speed camera, or change in parking requirements becomes an attack in what organizations like AAA decry as a “War on Cars.” But in the 1920s, there was a different war over our streets. And pedestrians lost. Cincinnati Business Courier: City tosses …

Curb extensions being installed on Atwells

In Pedestrians, Roads by Jef Nickerson13 Comments

Atwells Avenue at Sutton Street. It has been nearly three years since City Councilman Terry Hassett was struck and severely injured by a hit and run driver on Atwells Avenue; one in a long line of pedestrian injuries and fatalities on the Avenue. Now, we are finally seeing some action on building pedestrian safety interventions. After the Councilman was struck, …

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Interim pedestrian safety improvement at LaSalle Square

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From the Mayor’s Facebook page: The City completed traffic changes to the intersection of Empire and Fountain Streets earlier today. Motor vehicle traffic proceeding from Empire Street is now required to use the traffic signal to turn left onto Fountain Street, improving pedestrian safety in the area. This interim step will calm traffic coming from Broadway and Atwells Avenue into …

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News & Notes

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Streetsblog: The Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, and Why It Barely Registers In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and another 70,000 were injured. That’s one death every two hours. It’s impossible to quantify the human toll of traffic fatalities, but as David Nelson at Project for Public Spaces …