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Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: Pedestrians
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Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer 7.12.2016 THE CITY FIX
In Beijing, Chennai and Fortaleza, the rate of fatalities from road crashes is 20-27.2 deaths per 100,000 residents. What do these cities have in common? They have traffic lanes wider than 3.6 meters (11.8 feet). A long-standing belief among transportation ...
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Part of Schuylkill trail, MLK drive closed for wall reconstruction 6.12.2016 Philly.com News
Sections of the Schuylkill River Trail and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will be closed for about six weeks so a wall along the river can be rebuilt.
Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests 6.12.2016 LA Times: Business

By offering frequent travelers free membership to the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program, the agency can save money and speed up the screening process at airports across the country.

That is the conclusion of a study by professors at the University of Illinois...

Video: “What Are You Waiting For, Brazil?” Jan Gehl Calls Cities to Action 6.12.2016 THE CITY FIX
At 80 years old, Danish architect and urbanist Jan Gehl shares his ideas on how to build a better future for global cities. Gehl has spent more than 50 years in academia and the professional world becoming a different, and ...
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PSA: When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Negan, the homicidal villain who wields a bat wrapped with barbed wire, was introduced only a few weeks ago in the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and already he has become a headache for airport security officers.

The Transportation Security Administration said officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International...

When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home 3.12.2016 LA Times: Business

Negan, the homicidal villain who wields a bat wrapped with barbed wire, was introduced only a few weeks ago in the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and already he has become a headache for airport security officers.

The Transportation Security Administration said officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International...

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Rain, cool temperatures coming this weekend 26.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A cold pressure system is expected to bring some rain and possible thunderstorms throughout Southern California beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday, forecasters said.

Showers are expected over much of the Los Angeles region, with some areas getting up to an inch over the weekend,...

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Students complained about erratic driving before bus wreck 26.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Students and administrators raised concerns about a Tennessee school bus driver’s behavior behind the wheel in the weeks before a crash that killed six children. Police have charged driver Johnthony Walker with vehicular homicide after the Chattanooga crash. Federal authorities said Walker was driving off the designated bus route when he […]
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More and more pedestrians filling Seattle’s sidewalks 25.11.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Seattle’s foot-traffic numbers have consistently gone up every year since 2011, when a city study began. Holiday shoppers and nightlife play a role.
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U.S. wants test-track network for self-driving cars 24.11.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to create a national network of proving grounds where automakers can safely test self-driving cars, Sec. Anthony Foxx said Wednesday. Universities, corporate campuses and even the urban cores of cities could choose to participate by allowing autonomous vehicle testing on their properties. “We believe that by designating facilities as part of a community of practice, we can foster a safe environment for these entities to share best practices related to testing and developing this technology,” Foxx wrote on the department’s official blog. “Before we make an application, we have to go back to our partners and say, ‘What do you think?’” said Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. The authority runs GoMentum Station, a testing facility for autonomous vehicles on the site of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. Three companies — Honda, Uber’s Otto and EasyMile — use the station’s grid of roads to test self-driving ...
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Quarter-mile walk from light rail to Sea-Tac could get a little cozier 22.11.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Wind barriers and radiant heaters are part of a $3.5 million plan to shield the walkway from the elements.
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PHOTOS: Denver’s first snow of the season, Nov. 17, 2016 18.11.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Snow fell in Denver and along Colorado's Front Range for the first time this season, Nov. 17, 2016.
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Patt Morrison asks: Transit guru Edward Humes on spending L.A.'s new transit billions 16.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Measure M – M as in money, M as in moving around – passed handily with Los Angeles County voters, meaning that over the next 40 years, tens of billions of dollars in new sales tax money will make its way to rail lines and buses, to streets and freeways, to students and seniors — all to build a...

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‘8-lane highway’ for Seattle’s future Alaskan Way challenged 16.11.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Three groups are challenging the city’s Alaskan Way surface-street plan — including a Pioneer Square group that says an “eight-lane highway” is too wide to walk across.
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US finalizes rules to make electric cars noisier 15.11.2016 TreeHugger
Now pedestrians will know when to jump out of the way of electric cars.
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Just what we needed Dept: A tiny 'car' to replace walking 15.11.2016 TreeHugger
The tiniest personal electric vehicle yet.
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Feds to require hybrid, electric cars to make noise 15.11.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
WASHINGTON — New hybrid and electric cars will be required to make noise at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have poor eyesight, will hear them coming, under a rule released Monday by the Obama administration. The new rule could help prevent about 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year once all hybrids on the road are equipped to make noise, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With more, quieter hybrid and electrical cars on the road, the ability for all pedestrians to hear as well as see the cars becomes an important factor of reducing the risk of possible crashes and improving safety.
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Government is requiring hybrid, electric cars to make noise 14.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation officials say the government is requiring new hybrid and electric cars to make noise when traveling at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have poor eyesight, will hear them coming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the new rule could help prevent about 2,400 pedestrian […]
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Will Toronto get "Complete Streets"? 14.11.2016 TreeHugger
The planners say so. I hope so.
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Islamic State is killing civilians, but some in Mosul refuse to leave their homes 14.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Yasser Mahmoud carried a white flag,  along with a small supply of rice, bread and water, as he returned to this city under siege.

The 35-year-old photographer had talked with friends who’d fled to displaced persons camps, and he found their stories of long lines for food and supplies alarming.

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