juliusbeezer + road_safety   164

Football agent guilty of killing man while texting behind wheel on M6 | World news | The Guardian
The court heard that Morrison’s speed before the “catastrophic” collision last February was “grossly excessive”. He had travelled at an average of 81mph for 23 miles beforehand, with one driver describing a vehicle going past him “like a missile”.

Forensic analysis of Morrison’s white Apple iPhone revealed he exchanged 25 WhatsApp messages in the 23 miles before the crash, just south of Tebay.

The last was sent to Championship footballer Zach Clough just 96 seconds before impact – a video link to a wonder goal the striker had scored for Bolton Wanderers. Clough responded in a text received by the agent’s phone after the crash: “Not bad was it, ha ha.”
driving  road_safety  crash_report  attention 
14 days ago by juliusbeezer
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting - Bloomberg
Out of NHTSA’s full 2015 dataset, only 448 deaths were linked to mobile phones—that’s just 1.4 percent of all traffic fatalities. By that measure, drunk driving is 23 times more deadly than using a phone while driving, though studies have shown that both activities behind the wheel constitute (on average) a similar level of impairment. NHTSA has yet to fully crunch its 2016 data, but the agency said deaths tied to distraction actually declined last year.

There are many reasons to believe mobile phones are far deadlier than NHTSA spreadsheets suggest. Some of the biggest indicators are within the data itself. In more than half of 2015 fatal crashes, motorists were simply going straight down the road—no crossing traffic, rainstorms, or blowouts. Meanwhile, drivers involved in accidents increasingly mowed down things smaller than a Honda Accord, such as pedestrians or cyclists, many of whom occupy the side of the road or the sidewalk next to it. Fatalities increased inordinately among motorcyclists (up 6.2 percent in 2016) and pedestrians (up 9 percent).
driving  road_safety  attention  us  science  psychology 
29 days ago by juliusbeezer
En 2017, on continue à tuer sans aller en prison – carfree.fr
Quelle est la société qui permet de tuer des gens en toute impunité, sans passer par la case prison? Notre société automobile.

Aujourd’hui, il est fréquent d’écoper de prison ferme pour des vols ou du trafic de drogue et de pouvoir, par contre, rentrer tranquillement chez soi du tribunal alors qu’on a été jugé pour avoir tué des gens en voiture.

Cela paraît complétement aberrant, mais c’est pourtant la réalité du système judiciaire français.
crash_report  law  france  road_safety 
29 days ago by juliusbeezer
'Shocking' short film targets young adults using phone while driving | World news | The Guardian
Academy award winning film-maker Eva Orner has directed the centrepiece of Victoria’s latest road safety campaign, targeting young adults who use their mobile phone while driving.

The 22-minute documentary, It’s People Like Us, follows five young drivers who allowed Orner to place cameras in their cars for 10 days, recording every moment they looked down to check or send a text, took a call, or, in one case, sent a series of selfies on Snapchat.

The footage is intercut with interviews of the young adults describing their phone use. None seemed aware of how frequently they used their phone while driving.
attention  road_safety  driving 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Nantes. Il propose 20 € aux policiers pour qu’ils ferment les yeux
Un automobiliste russe a tenté de corrompre deux fonctionnaires qui lui reprochaient sa conduite approximative dans les rues de Nantes. Il est en garde à vue.

Ce n’était pas la bonne option. Cet automobiliste russe, qui a cumulé les infractions routières, dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, à Nantes, n’a pas franchement eu le nez fin quand les policiers de la brigade canine l’ont intercepté pour discuter du Code de la route. L’automobiliste s’est dit qu’il avait peut-être moyen, d’éviter les ennuis en proposant un peu d'argent aux fonctionnaires sourcilleux.

Il a proposé 20 € à chacun pour qu’ils ferment les yeux sur sa conduite approximative. Cela n’a eu pour effet que d’allonger la liste de ses ennuis. Il a été conduit au commissariat central sur le champ pour répondre de tentative de corruption active.
nantes  news  road_safety  police 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
You Lead the Dance – CyclingSavvy
It is your choice of roadway position which most influences the behavior of motorists. Want them to give you more clearance? Use enough lane to make them realize they need part of another to pass you (on a multi-lane road, use even more lane to strongly encourage them to change lanes to pass). Want them to wait to pass? Use a lane control position and, if necessary, a hand signal. Want them to plan ahead and make decisions early? Be visible and predictable. If you want them to yield or let you merge, look back at them and communicate your intentions.

Motorists often operate on auto pilot where cyclists are concerned. They’re motoring along a highway or residential street and come upon you. The fact that you’re a person doesn’t always register. You’re an obstacle that needs to be dealt with. “Must pass the cyclist, must pass the cyclist.”
cycling  us  road_safety 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
We want to make our roads safer for everyone – especially cyclists | Discussion | The Guardian
but you'll deflect attention with endless whataboutery....

For all there are more cars on the road, covering much more distance, and hence more car related accidents, you'll struggle to find a driver causing an accident because he/she was using a track only machine on the road, one with insufficient and illegal braking...

The law is very big on intent, Alliston comes across as a fantasist, playing out his dreams on the road. Cycling activism encourages this, and is why it needs to be dealt with.
commenting  cycling  road_safety  law 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Hackney cyclist: Converting roundabouts into crossroads
The chair of the Hackney Cycling Campaign at the time of these changes, Trevor Parsons, responded to criticism of this scheme in a local councillors blog defending this scheme, although with some odd comments about a bakery and a pub previously being at this location. Several local residents and users of this junction responded that in their opinion this scheme did not make conditions safer at all.
cycling  road_safety  Hackney  politics 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Commentary: As cyclists, this is what we're up against | CyclingTips
I regularly engage with educated people who angrily refute the underlying science behind Vision Zero — 20 years of data demonstrating that slowing down vehicular traffic saves lives — in a manner that calls to mind climate change deniers brushing aside melting icecaps and madcap hurricanes. I see legions of people complaining about naughty cyclists, seemingly inured to the human costs of distracted, drunk, drugged, speeding or otherwise law-breaking drivers.

The recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, illuminated how the expression of hate — especially about race but also about religion, sexuality, gender and even political orientation — suddenly has been normalized to a disturbing degree. I see a lot of that same hate directed toward cyclists, and an equally disturbing sense of apathy in the general public about that hate. This hate is dangerous and it has consequences.
cycling  road_safety  law  authoritarianism 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Preventing Mass Shootings Like the Vegas Strip Attack - The New York Times
The best example of intelligent regulation is auto safety. By my calculations, we’ve reduced the auto fatality rate per 100 million miles driven by more than 95 percent since 1921. There was no single solution but rather many incremental efforts: seatbelts, air bags, padded dashboards, better bumpers, lighted roads, highway guardrails, graduated licenses for young people, crackdowns on drunken driving, limits on left turns, and so on. We haven’t banned automobiles, and we haven’t eliminated auto deaths, but we have learned to make them safer — and we should do the same with guns.
road_safety  us 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
You're nicked: most common motoring offences revealed - Read Cars
One in three (34%) of drivers admitted to doing something illegal on the road in the last 14 days, while two out of three (64%) confessed to committing as many as five illegal acts in their vehicle a month – and of these, 72% were men.
road_safety  law  uk  driving 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Sorry Mate I didn’t See You or SMIDSY? :Hudgell Solicitors™‎
The SMIDSY, or Driver/Rider Failed to look properly, is by far the most common cause of crashes involving motorcycles. In fact it is the most common cause for all vehicle types with the second most common cause being ‘Failed to judge another vehicles path or speed’. These two factors contribute to nearly half of all collisions each year.

There have been numerous articles about how the eye works in relation to seeing, but the issue goes much deeper, right into our brains core.

This isn’t a motorcycle issue, it’s a human issue.
cycling  driving  psychology  physiology  road_safety 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Take care around cows: warning for walkers
If you find yourself in a field of suddenly wary cattle, move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if you feel threatened by cattle then let go of your dog’s lead and let it run free rather than try to protect it and endanger yourself. The dog will outrun the cows and it will also outrun you.

Those without canine companions should follow similar advice: move away calmly, do not panic and make no sudden noises. Chances are the cows will leave you alone once they establish that you pose no threat.

If you walk through a field of cows and there happen to be calves, think twice; if you can, go another way and avoid crossing fields.
walking  road_safety 
8 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Lassée des incivilités, la «vélosphère» se rebiffe | Slate.fr
Selon «Bilook le cycliste», usager de longue date du forum velotaf.com, le portail francophone le plus actif en la matière, c’est de pire en pire. Depuis 20 ans, ses 26 kilomètres par jour lui ont permis de voir s’instaurer «une violence de plus en plus banalisée, un vélo-bashing généralisé. Ça m’est arrivé de devoir interposer mon vélo entre la personne et moi parce que j’avais fait remarquer à un scooter qu’il circulait sur une piste cyclable en contresens, illustre ce quadragénaire parisien. Tous les jours, on s’en prend plein la gueule.»

Et les chiffres dévoilés cette semaine par la sécurité routière ne risquent pas d'apaiser le débat: selon l'Observatoire national interministériel de la sécurité routière, alors que le nombre de personnes ayant perdu la vie dans des accidents de la circulation le mois dernier a augmenté de 15,4 % par rapport à juin 2016, ce sont les cyclistes qui accusent la plus grosse augmentation du nombre de victimes: +22 % sur les douze derniers mois par rapport à 2010. De quoi raviver les récriminations des cyclistes contre les automobilistes, eux-mêmes pointant pour se défendre l'imprudence des deux-roues.
cycling  road_safety  paris  france 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Mechanisms underlying cognitive conspicuity in the detection of cyclists by car drivers - ScienceDirect
Realism scores were similar and high in both groups. Cyclist-motorists had fewer collisions with cyclists and detected cyclists at a greater distance in all situations, irrespective of cyclist visibility. Several mechanisms underlying the cognitive conspicuity of cyclists for car drivers were considered.
road_safety  cycling  driving 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Rennes. Des cédez-le-passage pour mieux protéger les piétons
La ville de Rennes met en place cinq cédez-le-passage en amont de passages piétons pour inciter les automobilistes à s’arrêter et réduire le nombre d’accidents.

De gros pointillés ont été apposés au sol dans les deux sens de circulation au niveau du numéro 25 du mail François-Mitterrand. Deux panneaux jaunes indiquent qu’il s’agit d’une nouvelle forme de cédez-le-passage.

Placés 5 mètres en amont des passages piétons, ces marquages au sol sont expérimentés par la ville de Rennes pour limiter les risques d'accidents.
road_safety  france  rennes 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
No. 161 Traffic-law enforcement & its relationship with risk of death from crashes - Travelwest
Before the crashes, the lifetime driving-conviction history of the entire group of licensed drivers accounted for 21,501 convictions, most commonly for speeding without penalty points (6682 convictions) or speeding with penalty points (6493 convictions). More than 10 million people were studied for longer than a decade. Conviction of drivers for traffic offences reduced the rate of fatal crashes. Each conviction led to a 35% decrease in the relative risk of death over the next month for drivers and other road users; conversely, each conviction not issued led to a corresponding increase in risk. The findings also imply that increasing the frequency of traffic enforcement might further reduce total deaths, and that emphasis of moderate penalties (around three points) is useful as a deterrent to traffic violations.
road_safety  law 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
Loftus and Palmer | Simply Psychology
7 films of traffic accidents, ranging in duration from 5 to 30 seconds, were presented in a random order to each group.

After watching the film participants were asked to describe what had happened as if they were eyewitnesses. They were then asked specific questions, including the question “About how fast were the cars going when they (smashed / collided / bumped / hit / contacted) each other?”

Thus, the IV was the wording of the question and the DV was the speed reported by the participants.

Findings: The estimated speed was affected by the verb used.
road_safety  crash_report  language  psychology 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cyclists Break the Law to Stay Safe, Study Finds | Bicycling
The top-line finding? More than 70 percent of the time, when cyclists break traffic laws, they do so because they feel they need to in order to stay safe. Drivers, meanwhile, break traffic laws at an equal or even higher rate, but do so most often (77 percent of the time) to save time.

As you might imagine, young males are the most prolific scofflaws. But the data produces some heartening results: Most of us (85 percent) are either entirely law-abiding or engage only in minor infringements, which the authors define as those of minimal risk or potential conflict with other road users. An example might be rolling a four-way stop sign when no traffic is present (a maneuver called the Idaho Stop, which is actually legal in that state).
cycling  law  road_safety 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
science et désinformation
les bases du conflit

La communication dans le domaine de la sécurité routière est dégradée par :

La prétention à l’expertise d’intervenants qui n’ont pas de formation acccidentologique et qui diffusent des informations correspondant à leur conception de la conduite et de ses risques.
La volonté de tromper, c’est-à-dire la mauvaise foi, relevant de conflits d’intérêts économiques ou passionnels.

De telles attitudes ne sont ni récentes, ni spécifiques de la sécurité routière. Les méthodes de la manipulation mentale de masse ont été définies en 1928 aux Etats-Unis par Edward Bernays, le neveu de Sigmund Freud, dans son livre « Propaganda ». Il définissait son objectif comme « la fabrique du consentement ». L’achat de l’intelligence des spécialistes de la communication privilégie la séduction aux dépens de la sincérité. Le développement récent de différents types de communication de masse utilisant l’internet et ses réseaux a accru la capacité de nuisance des désinformateurs qui saturent et dénaturent le débat public et privé.

[site apparamment associé avec Emmanuel "Le casque" Barbe]
road_safety  france  agnotology 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Fly6 Camera review - TitaniumGeek
With the Garmin Virb elite, and several other action cams, there is a built in GPS for adding data overly that will sync perfectly to the video. There is no wifi or GPS in the Fly6 but Garmins own VIRB EDIT software can be used to put on the after mentioned overlays! However the Fly6 does have a mild irritation for the Mac user – movie format is .AVI which isn’t handled superbly on the Mac. Plus, in order to use the Virb Edit software, the movie needs converting into Mpg. But again, there is a 3x price difference between the VIRB and the Fly6, so the Fly6, is still working out at very good value!
photography  cycling  road_safety  maps  gps 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road; BBC Sussex asks "Who's to blame?" | road.cc
Despite the company's firm action and apology, BBC Sussex framed the incident on Twitter this morning in a way that suggested the cyclist, who managed to remain upright and escaped without injury, may have done something wrong.
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Its tweet was condemned by a number of Twitter users, including cycling campaigners, media figures and even West Midlands Police, and was later deleted - but not before a screengrab had been taken of it by several Twitter users, including the Guardian’s Peter Walker.
cycling  road_safety  journalism  twitter  crime  police 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Congrès de la Fub : une nouvelle époque pour l’action associative – Isabelle et le vélo
Emmanuel Barbe a voulu être prudent. Il ne s’attend pas à ce que la verbalisation pleuve sur les enfants qui cycleraient sans casque, mais il espère que le casque se diffuse dans toute la société.2 Il s’est dit impressionné par l’engagement des élus, ici à Nantes, et a même dit que tout cela serait bien capable de lui redonner envie d’aller à vélo.
Plusieurs chantiers s’ouvrent à lui, nous dit-il. D’abord la redéfinition des trottoirs, en lien avec l’éclatement des « nouveaux modes de déplacement personnel »3, mais il ne croit guère que cela servirait concrètement à quoi que ce soit car, là non plus, il ne voit pas comment on pourrait faire respecter la règle.
helmetwars  france  road_safety 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Scotland’s first urban average speed camera set for Edinburgh - Edinburgh Evening News
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Following a national site selection exercise, an average speed camera system has been agreed as the most effective and appropriate intervention.

“In the three years 2013-15, there were six injury collisions on this stretch of Old Dalkeith Road alone, including three resulting in serious injury or a fatality.

“Speed surveys have also been carried out which indicate speed is a continuing concern with a high proportion of vehicles travelling above the speed limit.”

Inspector Vinnie Fisher, Police Scotland’s east safety camera unit manager, said: “Having identified a high casualty rate on Old Dalkeith Road and having ruled out other potential remedial measures, we considered all the tactical options available to combat the excessive speed on the road.
driving  scotland  road_safety 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
The big bike helmet debate: 'You don’t make it safe by forcing cyclists to dress for urban warfare' | Life and style | The Guardian
In 2013 the tireless Ian Walker carried out a more extensive version of his helmet study. It also measured how closely drivers passed a bike when overtaking, but this time – using a volunteer colleague rather than himself – there were seven different outfits. Four made the rider look like a cyclist of varying experience and dedication, ranging from full Lycra to more everyday clothes, including one involving a hi-vis jacket. Three other outfits were based around bright yellow waistcoats bearing written messages. One read, “Novice cyclist: please pass slowly”; another said, “Polite: please slow down” – “polite” is sometimes used by UK cyclists and horse riders in the hope drivers might mistake it for “police” – and finally one read, “Police: camera cyclist”.

This brought data for just under 5,700 overtakes, more or less evenly split between the seven outfits. None of the outfits made an appreciable difference to driver behaviour, apart from the one saying “police”. For the six others, the average passing distance was between about 114cm and 118cm. For “police” it went above 122cm. Similarly, the proportion of drivers who went very near the bike was noticeably lower for the “police” vest. In contrast, the tabard saying “polite” saw the nearest average overtaking distance and almost twice as many potentially dangerous passes as “police”.

The lessons seem clear and worrying. For one thing, no matter which outfit was worn, a small percentage of drivers still overtook dangerously near, at a distance of 50cm or less. More than this, it seemed drivers were perfectly able to distinguish between different types of rider, and to read and absorb any message displayed. But rather than adjusting their driving to the perceived experience of the cyclist, it was only when faced with a threat to their own welfare – a police rider filming their actions – that many allowed a cyclist more space on the road. Most alarming still, some seemed to treat the mild attempt at deception of “polite” as a reason to almost punish the cyclist.
helmetwars  road_safety 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Le combat d'un avocat pour les victimes | Collard&Associés
« Je me suis consacrée à la défense exclusive des victimes parce que j’ai connu la détresse, le désarroi de cette situation. Il y a trente ans, une de mes filles naissait handicapée à vie par la faute d’un médecin. Il y a quinze ans, j’étais gravement blessée dans un accident de voiture. Depuis, je tente de me battre contre l’irresponsabilité et le malheur. Contre l’indifférence de certains magistrats. Contre l’exploitation des victimes par des assureurs plus pressés d’encaisser des primes que d’indemniser.

J’ai rassemblé autour de moi quelques collaborateurs et associés partageant la même révolte et le même goût de l’indépendance. Et surtout la même attention à la souffrance des victimes. Avec eux je mène ce combat devant les tribunaux, sur les ondes des radios et des télévisions, dans des livres, dans les sessions de formation des magistrats, aux cotés des associations de victimes.

J’ai créé ce site Internet pour tenter d’apporter une première aide, une première réponse à des questions que l’on se pose dans l’urgence quand le malheur vient vous frapper. En souhaitant qu’il épargne aux victimes les pièges et les erreurs qui les menacent. » Me Jehanne Collard.
france  law  road_safety 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Do the Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh the Risks?
On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks of cycling relative to car driving. For the society as a whole, this can be even larger because there will be a reduction in air pollution emissions and eventually fewer traffic accidents. Policies stimulating cycling are likely to have net beneficial effects on public health, especially if accompanied by suitable transport planning and safety measures.
cycling  health  netherlands  airpollution  road_safety 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Smartphones et GPS, principale cause de mort sur les routes pour les Européens
Avant l’alcool, les stupéfiants et la vitesse, l’utilisation des objets connectés au volant est considérée comme la première cause d’ accidents mortels par les conducteurs européens, qui ne changent pas pour autant leurs comportements, selon un sondage publié vendredi.

Selon le baromètre annuel de la Fondation Vinci autoroutes, l’inattention causée par un smartphone ou un GPS est citée par 57 % des personnes interrogées dans onze pays, contre 52 % l’an dernier. Elle est plus souvent évoquée que la consommation d’alcool et stupéfiants (56 %), première citée les années précédentes (62 % en 2016), et la vitesse excessive (42 %).
europe  driving  road_safety 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016. Distraction is partly to blame, early data shows | PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON — Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday.

Increased driving due to an improved economy, lower gas prices and more walking for exercise and environmental factors are some of the likely reasons behind the estimated 11 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in 2016. The figures were prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices.
But researchers say they think the biggest factor may be more drivers and walkers distracted by cellphones and other electronic devices, although that’s hard to confirm.
us  driving  walking  road_safety  attention 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
LETTRE OUVERTE AUX CANDIDATS A LA PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE - SÉCURITÉ ROUTIÈRE
Faut-il vous rappeler que, par deux fois déjà, un gouvernement français a su sauver des vies en faisant preuve de courage politique ? En 1973, les limitations de vitesse et le port de la ceinture de sécurité, imposés par le gouvernement de Pierre Mesmer, inversent pour la première fois la courbe des accidents et sauvent près de quatre mille vie en quatre ans. En 2002, le président Jacques Chirac mobilise tous les acteurs de la sécurité routière pour en faire une grande cause nationale et réussit à sauver deux mille vies en deux ans.
road_safety  france  politics 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Quand baisser la limite permet de rouler plus vite - La Presse+
En janvier 2014, la capitale française a réduit de 80 à 70 km/h la limite de vitesse sur les voies rapides la ceinturant. Alors que de nombreux automobilistes craignaient de voir leurs allées et venues traîner en longueur, c’est précisément le contraire qui s’est produit. Le matin, la vitesse moyenne observée sur le « Périph’ » est passée de 32,6 km/h en 2013 à 38,4 km/h l’an dernier, une amélioration de 18 %. À l’heure du retour à la maison, les voitures roulent en moyenne 12 % plus vite.

MATER L’EFFET ACCORDÉON

Comment expliquer ces résultats ? En baissant sa limite de vitesse, Paris dit avoir réduit l’« effet accordéon ». Ce phénomène survient quand les voitures freinent et accélèrent à répétition dans un bouchon de circulation.
driving  road_safety  pollution 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cambridge to get its first true "Dutch" roundabout | road.cc
Such designs rely on drivers to respect the priority of cyclists on the arms of the roundabout even as they displace the cyclist more peripherally in the driver's visual fields. If the junction is a collision blackspot because drivers currently fail to respect the priority of cyclists using the conventional layout, I'm not clear why this will change with the new design. It may even make it more difficult for drivers to anticipate the movements of cyclists.

Still, if the design reduces motor vehicle speeds, it may be safer. If the unfamiliarity of the layout makes drivers pay more attention, ditto. If a reduction in roadspace for motor vehicles results in an overall reduction in motor traffic, it may even be progressive for the environment.

As long as cyclists who desire brisk progress are still at liberty to take to take their place in the traffic on the classical line on the road, then little is lost.


Motor traffic reduction via parking taxation/congestion charging, better policing, strict liability, and proper collision enquiries are more important elements of policy to reduce road danger though.
dccomment  cycling  politics  road_safety  pqpc 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Edinburgh tram tracks injure 200 cyclists who cost £1m to fix | road.cc
Injuries caused be the tram tracks over the last seven years have resulted in a bill for the NHS of more than £1m, and the vast majority happened to cyclists.

Prof Chris Oliver, a consultant at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, has counted 252 tram track incidents, 191 involving cyclists.

The trauma and orthopaedic surgeon says that 119 men and 72 women were injured, with the most common incident being a wheel caught in the tracks, followed sliding on a track, which was particularly likely in wet weather.
cycling  tram  pqpc  road_safety 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Congestion charge has led to dramatic fall in accidents in London | UK news | The Guardian
Research to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference later this month found that traffic accidents have fallen in the capital by an astonishing 40% since 2003. The work is the first study of its kind and is likely to be examined closely by other cities that have flirted with the idea of imposing a similar charge.

The £5 charge was hailed as a triumph of economics that forced those contributing to congestion to pay. The resulting fall in traffic confirmed predictions that the charge – increased to £8, then £11.50 – could change motorists’ behaviour.

With fewer cars on the roads in central London, motorists can go faster. This could have increased the risk of accidents. However, the research team led by Professor Colin Green of the economics department at Lancaster University found that the charge has instead resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of accidents and fewer fatalities.
driving  road_safety  London  roaddiet 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Close pass policing could stop almost a third of crashes that kill or seriously injure cyclists | road.cc
The five conflict types most commonly resulting in KSIs to cyclists during 2011-13 (from TfL Cycle Safety Action Plan (link is external))

1 . Other vehicle turns right across path of cyclist 243 (14%)

2 . Cyclist hits open door / swerves to avoid open door of other vehicle. 160 (10%)

3 . Cyclist and other vehicle travelling alongside each other. 146 (9%)

4 . Other vehicle turns left across the path of cyclist 125 (9%)

5. Other vehicle fails to give way or disobeys junction control and collides with cyclist 96 (6%)
cycling  road_safety 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
ProQuest Document View - Establishing the prevalence and severity of dooring crashes or Dooring - crashes that deserve attention
The city of Chicago, Illinois, was selected after discovering that in 2010, policy changes were instituted for dooring crashes related to data collection and marketing in an effort to capture this underreported crash type. It was found that during the four-year study period from 2011 to 2014, dooring crashes comprised more than 13% of the total number of bicyclist injury crashes per year and almost 16% of total bicyclist crashes. When comparing dooring crashes to all other bicycle crashes, various connections were found when observing the data at different time intervals. Further, using the number of doors opening and varying speeds of cyclists, a relationship was established showing that while faster cyclists may encounter fewer doors, their crashes would likely be more severe.
crash_report  cycling  road_safety 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Hausse de la mortalité sur les routes: « Le gouvernement est responsable, c’est une catastrophe »
Le nombre de morts sur les routes en janvier a augmenté de 8,9% par rapport à l’année 2016, communique vendredi l’Observatoire national interministériel de la sécurité routière (ONISR). Des chiffres alarmants qui ne sont pas surprenants pour Claude Got, chercheur sur le sujet. Pour lui, le principal responsable n’est autre que le gouvernement. Voici ses explications pour RMC.fr.

Claude Got, fondateur du site securite-routiere.org, professeur de médecine honoraire, chercheur sur la sécurité routière.

"Les gouvernements en font de moins en moins. Depuis trois ans, nous vivons une catastrophe totale. L’ancien ministre de l’Intérieur Bernard Cazeneuve était chargé de ce dossier durant plusieurs années mais il n’a pas voulu redonner un sens au système de contrôle et de sanction. Il a refusé en plus d’abaisser à 80 km/h la vitesse sur le réseau secondaire. Un réseau où il y a plus de la moitié des morts. La priorité n’est plus à la sécurité routière.
road_safety  france 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Netherlands’ traffic deaths down again | BICYCLE DUTCH
“According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, 640 people were killed in traffic accidents in the Netherlands in 2010. This is 11 percent fewer than the 720 deaths in 2009, and continues the downward trend observed in the last few years. The number of fatalities among people aged under 40 in particular decreased, as well as the number among cyclists and people in cars. (…) Most of the decrease in the number of traffic deaths is accounted for by cyclists and car drivers and passengers. There were 50 fewer car deaths in 2010; at 246 this was 17 percent lower than in 2009. This group does account for most of traffic deaths however. The number of cyclists killed on Dutch roads fell from 185 in 2009 to 162 in 2010.”
cycling  netherlands  road_safety 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Un cycliste de 20 ans meurt percuté par une voiture - La Voix du Nord
Ce lundi soir, vers 22 h 15, un cycliste a été mortellement percuté par une voiture, non loin du carrefour entre l’avenue Kléber et l’avenue de la Mer, à Malo-les-Bains.

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Il a fait nuit. L'âge du conducteur n'est pas noté, mais les désordres visuelles qui nuit la vision dans les conditions sombres déviennent plus fréquents avec le vieillissement. C'est aussi possible qu'il était distrait par l'écran d'un portable. Sans doute l'enquête de la BADR prendra toute possibilité en compte, mais a priori, c'est la responsibilité minimum de chaque conducteur de regarder devant soi au volant.
Mar, 17/01/2017 - 11:43
driving  road_safety  deaths  france  dccomment 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Orvault. Où est allé le conducteur avant l'accident mortel ?. Info - Nantes.maville.com
la brigade des accidents et des délits routiers (BADR) du commissariat central chercher à cerner au plus près les circonstances du drame.
road_safety  law  police  france 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
L'enracinement social de la mortalité routière - Cairn.info
Si la sociologie est restée assez silencieuse sur le sujet, d’autres disciplines, comme la démographie [2] ou l’accidentologie [3], se sont prononcées sur la répartition des accidents de la circulation parmi les différents groupes sociaux sans pour autant que ces analyses puissent être généralisées compte tenu de la taille des échantillons retenus. Les chiffres les plus récents produits sur la base du volume annuel de tués de la route datent de 1997 [4]. Bien qu’elles ne renseignent pas sur la constance dans le temps des taux sociaux de mortalité routière, ces données, également présentes dans le rapport triennal du Haut comité d’étude en santé publique [5], indiquent que « les groupes ayant un risque d’accident de plus de 10 % sont d’abord la catégorie « autre » (17,5 %) puis dans l’ordre, les retraités (16,7 %), les agriculteurs (15,4 %), les ouvriers (15 %) et les chômeurs (13,4 %). Les cadres supérieurs, professions libérales et chefs d’entreprise connaissent le risque le plus faible (7,5 %). » Si les tués de la route sont encore, en France, relativement méconnus socialement, le profil des blessés, en revanche, est nettement mieux documenté.
road_safety  sociology  france 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
When Cars Collide, Safety Advocates Say It's No 'Accident' : NPR
So a lot like the industrial safety people invented this cartoon character called Otto Know Better (ph), who was careless and getting injured, the pro-automobile people - manufacturers, auto clubs, auto dealers - invented caricatures of careless pedestrians because most of the people cars were killing then were pedestrians, not other people in cars.
walking  road_safety  language  driving 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Nantes et Angers : des portions d'autoroute glissantes - France 3 Pays de la Loire
Nathalie Frêche, commissaire de police responsable de la sécurité routière pour l'agglomération de Nantes
road_safety  nantes  police 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Bus Driver X— Guest Blog No. 3: An Enquiry— Does TfL have an 'Objectively Safe' System of Bus Operations?
TfL’s System of Bus Operations is Objectively Unsafe. TfL have designed a System of Bus Operations that only rewards or punishes timely performance, and, in doing so, it has incentivised its BusCo contractors to promote unsafe driving by their Bus Drivers. Me included. And you know what? I really object to that.
driving  transport  London  work  road_safety 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Faut-il contrôler la vitesse des cyclistes ? - Orléans (45000) - La République du Centre
Certaines villes s'organisent. Villeneuve-Loubet (Alpes-Maritimes) a installé un radar indiquant la vitesse des cyclistes sur un tronçon où deux accidents se sont produits entre des piétons et des cyclistes. Il ne s'agit là que de prévention pour les cyclistes roulant à plus de 20 km\heure.

Cagnes-sur-Mer (Alpes-Maritimes) teste, actuellement, des radars pour vélos au bord de la promenade du bord de mer. La limitation est fixée à 10 km\heure. Les contrevenants risquent une amende de 35 euros.

Orléans pourrait-il se laisser tenter par cette expérience ? La municipalité l'assure : elle n'a pas engagé la moindre réflexion sur le sujet. Pourtant, lors des réunions publiques du centre-ville, les piétons pointent régulièrement du doigt les cyclistes. Le code de la route n'est pas toujours respecté, la vitesse est parfois au cœur des récriminations. En particulier sur les zones des bords de Loire.
cycling  france  road_safety 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Transport Secretary proves worth of segregated cycle lanes by dooring cyclist (video) - Cycling Weekly
A video has emerged showing the benefit of segregated cycle lanes in which a cyclist is doored by a passenger leaving a four-wheel drive vehicle.

So far this sounds all too familiar for Britain’s roads, but the surprise element of this footage is that the man carelessly throwing open the door on his large off-road vehicle is none other than Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Uber Says 'FU' To DMV, Rolls Out Self-Driving Cars Without Approval: SFist
Uber's self-driving cars are now picking up passengers on the streets of San Francisco. Starting today, the company will make its autonomous vehicles available to customers hailing an UberX ride through the app. However, in the classic Uber style of not giving a f**k, Bloomberg reports that the company is doing so without the requisite approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles...

"[We] understand that there is a debate over whether or not we need a testing permit to launch self-driving Ubers in San Francisco," the company explained on its blog. "We have looked at this issue carefully and we don’t believe we do."

Despite all the claims of how slow and safe these cars are, this situation gives a bit of a more ominous spin to the Silicon Valley mantra of "move fast and break things," when those things could potentially be people.

Update: Well that was fast. Here is a video, which the Examiner says is from today, showing an Uber self-driving car running a red light — blowing through a crosswalk with a pedestrian in it.

"Safety is our top priority," an Uber spokesperson told The Verge. "This incident has been reported and we are looking into what happened."
driverless  road_safety 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Safety effects of the London cycle superhighways on cycle collisions
This paper evaluates the effects of the London Cycle Superhighways (CS) on cycle collisions. A total of 45 CS segments and 375 control segments are observed for a period of 8 years in London.
Our models find that the increase in traffic was associated with a rise in annual total cycle collisions of around 2.6 per km (38% in percentage). However, when we re-estimate the effects based on cycle collision rates rather than levels, our results also show that the CS routes are not more dangerous or safer than the control roads. Among the four CS routes, CS3 performs the best in protecting cyclists with a large proportion of segregated lanes whilst the cyclists have to share the lanes with motorists on other routes.
road_safety  cycling  pqpc 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Invisible Visible Man: A peeved pedestrian, a rider's broken shoulder and why it's time to stop designing for conflict
I remember an incident from the summer of 2013 as I rode home down the Hudson River Greenway on the west side of Manhattan. Near a narrow section where runners and pedestrians were forced together, I came upon a middle-aged Dutch man slumped on the ground and grasping at his shoulder. He had hurt himself, I later discovered, after a runner had stepped off the walkway and into his path, knocking him off.
cycling  road_safety  pqpc  netherlands  us  uk  philosophy  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Strict liability for cyclists too? (avec tweets) · DouglasCarnall · Storify
I was confirmed in this view a few months ago, watching an interview with Chris Boardman, in the context of the work that he and Carlton Reid did on safe overtaking of cyclists. I've hunted for the clip and can't find it again, but in it, almost as an afterthought, the TV journalist interviewing him asked "And what about strict liability?" Chris Boardman astutely illustrated the justice of the principle by the example of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian. Although fatal cycle-pedestrian collisions are rare—the UK numbers are in single figures every year (and sometimes zero)—compared with the 2,500 or so deaths involving a motor vehicle, this actually makes them a better exemplar for the establishment of the principle.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment  presumedliability 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Ottawa opted for 'less safe' O'Connor Street bikeway design to make way for cars - Ottawa - CBC News
The two-way lane on the east side of O'Connor that the city finally settled on was the third choice of the cycling infrastructure specialists, who felt the design is as direct as Option 1, "but is less safe."
Mobycon found the city's top choice takes up less road, but "the intersections with the side streets are more difficult than with one-directional cycle crossings."
road_safety  canada  cycling  pqpc 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Vonny Moyes: Educating drivers is key to safer cycling (From The National)
THIS week West Midlands Police have launched a radical new scheme to improve cycling safety. Plain-clothes police officers on bikes, with the help of their driving colleagues, can pull over dangerous drivers for close passes. The head of campaign group Cycling UK has heralded the move as “quite simply the best cyclist safety initiative by any police force, ever.”

For the first three months of the scheme, once pulled over the erring driver will have the ability to choose his or her own fate: prosecution, or a 15-minute lesson on how to overtake a cyclist in the safest way possible. The most dangerous drivers, or those who continually flout the Highway Code, will be prosecuted without question. In the first four days, some 80 drivers were pulled over – showing just how widespread this problem is.
cycling  road_safety  police 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why don't you…? - Cyclescheme
1. …use that cycle path?

Because it's inconvenient. Drivers use motorways – built just for them! - when it will make the journey more convenient. It's their choice. Cyclists have the same freedom when it comes to off-carriageway cycle tracks and on-road cycle lanes. When it helps our journey, we use them; we love well-designed cycle facilities. Sadly, some are poor. Cycle tracks may be badly surfaced or littered with broken glass. They may slow your journey, by taking circuitous routes, or forcing you to give way at every side road, or being packed with pedestrians. Cycle lanes are often too narrow and force you to ride where it's unsafe: in the gutter...


3. …ride closer to the kerb?

Because it's less safe. Hugging the kerb invites drivers to squeeze past when there is insufficient room to do so. It risks you being boxed in or cut up by left-turning drivers when you want to go straight ahead or turn right. And being at the periphery makes you less visible to other road users, who focus on the middle of any given traffic lane where most of the action is. Good road positioning is self defence. It won't slow down the traffic because cyclists are traffic! It won't slow down drivers who overtake properly, as the Highway Code (Rule 163) tells drivers to give cyclists 'at least as much space as a car'.
cycling  road_safety 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Where’s Big Brother When You Need Him? – Reclaim Magazine – Medium
And what about my phone? Not only does it know when I’m getting into my car, but it also guesses my destination and pings my smart watch, which gives me the traffic report and tells me how long it’ll take me to get there. Yet even though it knows everything I’m doing, it won’t tell me when I’m speeding, or lock its keypad when I’m driving so I can’t text and get distracted. And forget about giving the police information about how I was driving before a crash.

Why this far into the 21st century do I not have to enter some sort of authentication code to confirm that my privilege to drive is still valid before I can start my car? Think about how often you’ve read a story about a driver with a suspended license maiming or killing somebody. If only we secured our cars half as vigorously as we do our premium entertainment, then at least some of these tragedies might never have happened.
privacy  road_safety 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Lights, CAMERA, Action ! | WMP Traffic
Prior to this I have never felt it necessary to have a camera, whether that’s because our day to day experiences as traffic officers make us immune to the fears and worries others have when using the roads, or maybe it’s because our enhanced road sense and occupationally trained defensive style of road use results in us experiencing far less moments of worry than other road users. Which ever it was the results have been interesting and not what you may expect. In 5 months of riding with a camera, day in, day out I have only been involved in one incident that I have considered worthy of reporting. I don’t for a minute think this is the “norm” though, looking at the experiences of other “vulnerable” road users I know it must be because of my defensive riding style and my abnormal perception of what others might rate as a “reportable incident”, which is altered greatly by my day to day experiences as a traffic officer. After all, I’ve become accustomed to being rammed and driven at regularly, so witnessing a blatant offence, a close pass or having to take avoiding action due to a driver’s ill discipline just counts as a little unwanted attention to me, I’m not saying this is right, it’s just the way I’ve been conditioned through 16 years of being a police officer. You could say I save my reporting efforts for when the uniform is on...

Now after reading this you might think why even bother, well despite the popular misconception that we are not interested in these incidents, we truly are. The standards of road use are important to you and so they are important to us. We know how low the standards of road use can drop, we are out there 24/7 combatting the most dangerous. But we also know that we can’t be everywhere at once, some will always get away with it. But if the ever increasing amount of road going cameras means that those that previously got away with it will now see the their law breaking actions answered for, then it can only be a good thing.
cycling  police  road_safety 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Unsecured speeding cameras wide open to smart city hackers
The Russian researchers explored the security vulnerabilities related to smart city technology using the Shodan search engine. They suspected many cities are deploying IoT devices to jump on the smart city bandwagon without fully examining how secure the technology is.

In their research they found many instances of traffic cameras that were vulnerable to hackers, made by vendors like Redflex Traffic Systems.

“We found speedcam IP addresses by pure chance… We decided to check that passwords were being used,” said Vladimir Dashchenko and Denis Makrushin from Kaspersky Lab.

“Imagine our surprise when we realized there was no password and the entire video stream was available to all Internet users. Openly broadcast data includes not only the video stream itself, but additional data, such as the geographical coordinates of cameras, as well.”
security  road_safety 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Video: Head-on collision with another cyclist on CS3 | road.cc
The footage shows a number of riders overtaking, but when one woman attempts to pass a man on a Boris Bike who is riding a little more centrally, she finds herself cramped for room and ends up colliding with someone approaching from the other direction.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford | Technology | The Guardian
Monderman wove his messy magic and created the “squareabout”. He threw away all the explicit efforts at control. In their place, he built a square with fountains, a small grassy roundabout in one corner, pinch points where cyclists and pedestrians might try to cross the flow of traffic, and very little signposting of any kind. It looks much like a pedestrianisation scheme – except that the square has as many cars crossing it as ever, approaching from all four directions. Pedestrians and cyclists must cross the traffic as before, but now they have no traffic lights to protect them. It sounds dangerous – and surveys show that locals think it is dangerous. It is certainly unnerving to watch the squareabout in operation – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians weave in and out of one another in an apparently chaotic fashion.

Yet the squareabout works. Traffic glides through slowly but rarely stops moving for long. The number of cars passing through the junction has risen, yet congestion has fallen. And the squareabout is safer than the traffic-light crossroads that preceded it, with half as many accidents as before. It is precisely because the squareabout feels so hazardous that it is safer. Drivers never quite know what is going on or where the next cyclist is coming from, and as a result they drive slowly and with the constant expectation of trouble. And while the squareabout feels risky, it does not feel threatening; at the gentle speeds that have become the custom, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have time to make eye contact and to read one another as human beings, rather than as threats or obstacles. When showing visiting journalists the squareabout, Monderman’s party trick was to close his eyes and walk backwards into the traffic. The cars would just flow around him without so much as a honk on the horn.
road_safety  design  environment  urban 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Autonomous Mercedes to Put Occupant Safety Topmost – News – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
The world’s oldest carmaker no longer sees the problem, similar to the question from 1967 known as the Trolley Problem, as unanswerable. Rather than tying itself into moral and ethical knots in a crisis, Mercedes-Benz simply intends to program its self-driving cars to save the people inside the car. Every time.

All of Mercedes-Benz’s future Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars will prioritize saving the people they carry, according to Christoph von Hugo, the automaker’s manager of driver assistance systems and active safety.
driverless  driving  road_safety  ethics 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Un adolescent de 13 ans tué à vélo à Courbevoie - le Parisien
Courbevoie, un enfant de 13 ans est tombé de vélo. Il en est mort. L’accident s’est produit vers 17 heures, boulevard de la Mission-Marchand, près de l’angle avec la rue du Révérend-Père-Cloarec. Le cycliste pédalait en direction du quartier de La Défense quand la moto l’a accroché. S’en est suivi un accident très violent.

« J’ai vu le vélo noir plié », raconte un témoin qui est passé en tramway quelques minutes après le drame. Et pour décrire l’état de la moto, ce jeune homme n’a pas de mots,
road_safety  cycling  france  paris 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
On Formula One drivers telling children to wear hi-viz | Road Danger Reduction Forum
There is a sense in which Formula One drivers could be usefully put to work for a safer road environment. They are role models for young men who are already driving, and a message could be got across that fast driving should be left for the race track. Simple messages such as “Don’t break the speed limit on the road – it’s there for a reason” could be widely disseminated at race meetings. The basic rule about never driving in such a way that you can’t stop within visible distance could be pushed. If there is to be a focus on children’s safety, the Formula One stars could visit schools and talk to the parents driving children to school.
driving  road_safety 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Twitter
: la mairie durcit sa politique de répression de la fraude au stationnement
Nantes  politics  spectacle  funny  pollution  environment  road_safety  from twitter_favs
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
More bike lane graffiti appears in Nottingham | road.cc
“Taking money out of future pointless and dangerous lanes is probably a saving grace until we can have cycle lanes designed by cyclists with an understanding of safe and useable infrastructure,” he said.

Michael Metcalfe, who said he has a trike which he can’t use on many bike lanes as they are too narrow, disagreed with the use of graffiti to make a point. He said: “Some valid points regarding design aspects of the cycle lanes but, this isn't protesting, it's vandalism”.

Dooring is the verb used to describe a situation where a passing cyclist is hit by someone opening a car door. Bike lanes positioned near to parked cars are often criticised for putting cyclists at risk of being doored.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Drivers who don't wear their specs are four times more likely to crash | This is Money
If you're supposed to wear glasses or contact lenses but choose not to when you're driving you're four times as likely to have a shunt, Direct Line has found.

Based on a study of 2,003 motorists, the insurer discovered that 16 per cent of all drivers have had an accident in the last two years, but this figure sky-rockets to 67 per cent for those who opt not to wear their spectacles.

And the problem could be even greater, the report said. That's because more than a third of licence holders surveyed said they've not had their vision tested for 24 months or longer.
driving  road_safety  crash_report 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life - CityLab
In the 14 years following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there were eight crashes on American soil of passenger planes operated by regional, national, or international carriers. The death toll in those crashes totaled 442. That averages out to fewer than three fatalities a month.

The death toll on America’s streets and highways during that same period since 9/11 was more than 400,000 men, women, and children. The traffic death toll in 2015 exceeded 3,000 a month. When it comes to the number of people who die in car wrecks, America experiences the equivalent of four airliner crashes every week.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 1 and 39. They rank in the top five killers for Americans 65 and under (behind cancer, heart disease, accidental poisoning, and suicide). And the direct economic costs alone—the medical bills and emergency-response costs reflected in taxes and insurance payments—represent a tax of $784 on every man, woman, and child living in the U.S.

The numbers are so huge they are not easily grasped, and so are perhaps best understood by a simple comparison: If U.S. roads were a war zone, they would be the most dangerous battlefield the American military has ever encountered. Seriously: Annual U.S. highway fatalities outnumber the yearly war dead during each Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, the War of 1812, and the American Revolution. When all of the injuries from car wrecks are also taken into account, one year of American driving is more dangerous than all those wars put together.
driving  us  road_safety 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Police pull cyclist over for not using Cycle Superhighway | road.cc
A cyclist has caught on camera the moment he was pulled over by police for leaving a Cycle Superhighway and riding on the road with motor traffic.

The cyclist, posting on YouTube as Clockwise (link is external) Cycling (link is external), pulled off Cycle Superhighway 7 on Kennington Park Road, South London, and onto the carriageway, when he was stopped by a Metropolitan Police Officer, who asserts the man was riding dangerously by suddenly exiting the cycle superhighway and joining the motor traffic.
cycling  road_safety 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
(9) Collision dans l'Allier: «Cette route, c'est la roulette russe» - Libération
RN79, Allier: Sur les 176 kilomètres de RCEA qui traverse les deux départements, l’étude a comptabilisé 151 accidents pour la période 2005-2009. Mais sur ces 151 accidents, 134 ont été qualifiés de graves, provoquant la mort de 69 personnes et l’hospitalisation de 192 blessés. Les collisions frontales représentaient plus d’un tiers des cas, suite «à un déport d’un des véhicules sur la gauche». Des accidents qui ne sont pas forcément provoqués par des chauffards, assure André Accary: «A certains endroits, la nationale n’est pas large du tout. Et comme la circulation est en flux tendu, il suffit d’un endormissement, d’une baisse d’attention, d’un pneu qui éclate pour que cela vire au drame.»
road_safety  france 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won -- NYMag
NY transport commissioner defends (largely paint based) reallocation of urban space from motor vehicles:
"While their eyewitness reports painted a dismal picture, statistics told a far different story. Russo clicked through the presentation as reporters lurked around the auditorium. Speeding on the corridor — the original impetus behind the project — bottomed out, from 74 percent of cars on Prospect Park West speeding before to just 20 percent after. Sidewalk bike riding dropped from 46 percent of riders on the sidewalk before the project to just 4 percent after. The number of crashes actually resulting in injuries dropped 63 percent. Traffic volumes and driving time remained unchanged. A survey conducted by Brad Lander, the community-minded council member for Prospect Park West’s district, found that most people surveyed who lived near the park supported the changes."
us  cycling  road_safety  environment 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
A New Study Finds That Drivers Are Incredibly Distracted Behind the Wheel - CityLab
we see a younger population of drivers, particularly teens, who are more prone to engaging in distracting activities while driving," Tom Dingus, the study’s lead author and the director of VTTI, said in a statement. “Our analysis shows that, if we take no steps in the near future to limit the number of distracting activities in a vehicle, those who represent the next generation of drivers will only continue to be at greater risk of a crash.”

The main culprit, of course, is the cell phone.
Cell phones on the road

To complete their study, the Virginia Tech researchers, led by Dingus, used a large, unprecedented, and government-sponsored naturalistic driving dataset. The numbers in this set come from more than 3,500 study participants who agreed to let researchers mount cameras, sensors, and radar inside their vehicles, tracking and filming the drivers everywhere they went for a three-year period. Researchers observed exactly what happens before a crash, capturing more than 35 million miles of data in all.
driving  road_safety 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Moped-classification will kill the speed pedelec, claims study | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
The Grontmij study questioned 115 speed pedelec riders, and followed the journeys of 28 of them with the use of the Strava smartphone-app. It found that the average journey was 13 miles, and the average cruising speed was 21mph. However, within urban areas the average speed was lower.

“The riders temper their speed because – despite the electrical power – riding at 28mph demands a considerable effort,” said Lindeloof.

He added that the proposed classification change could mean that an “efficient, sustainable and healthy traffic concept” will be “killed prematurely”.

However, he recognises that the speed differential between bicycles and motorised bicycles can cause problems on cycleways.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Piers Morgan trolls cyclists on Twitter – and Lance Armstrong hits back | road.cc
Yesterday, Morgan told his 4.8 million followers he would wear a helmet camera while driving “to catch cyclists behaving like cretinous busy-bodies.”

That tweet was bound to grab attention, with many replies defending cyclists and pointing out it is motorists who make the roads dangerous for vulnerable users such as pedestrians and people on bikes, while others took Morgan’s side, urging that cyclists should be licensed and, yes, pay non-existent “road tax.”
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
“The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars” | Road Danger Reduction Forum
First, the good news: another academic study using conventional cost-benefit analysis finds that motorists in the 27 EU countries have a net economic cost to society, with the UK second only to Germany in costs. Take a look at the nice short summary in the Guardian. It’s good to counteract what the Guardian correctly calls “The perennial complaint from drivers that they are excessively taxed”, not least the prejudice that cyclists are cheating by “not paying a tax”. The figure given for these external costs – £48 billion per annum, some £10 billion more than the total of motoring taxation revenue – looks pretty damning. However, it can be argued that the costs of motoring to society are considerably greater than those in the picture painted in the study, and that the report is inadequately critical of the status quo.
driving  environment  road_safety  jbcomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
“The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars” | Road Danger Reduction Forum
Anyway, the amount of taxation raised by UK motorists – fuel duty and its associated VAT along with vehicle excise duty contribute around £38bn a year – is £10 billion less than the £48 billion estimated by the report’s authors to be the external costs of motoring.

And don’t forget that those costs do not include the health disbenefits to drivers, congestion, danger, visual intrusion, community disruption (with loss of children’s independent mobility), policing and road building, and parking space costs.

If anything one can argue that they are a significant underestimate.
driving  transport  road_safety  health  economics 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
www.lepopulaire.fr - Haute-Vienne - LIMOGES (87000) - Accident mortel à Limoges : pas d’alcool, pas d’excès de vitesse pour la conductrice
Lors de son audition, la conductrice a déclaré ne pas avoir vu le piéton.

Une enquête préliminaire a été ouverte pour homicide involontaire par conducteur de véhicule terrestre à moteur.
france  road_safety  law 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Trends in local newspaper reporting of London cyclist fatalities 1992-2012: the role of the media in shaping the systems dynamics of cycling
Across the period when cycling trips doubled in London, the proportion of fatalities covered in the local media increased from 6% in 1992–1994 to 75% in 2010–2012. By contrast, the coverage of motorcyclist fatalities remained low (4% in 1992–1994 versus 5% in 2010–2012; p = 0.007 for interaction between mode and time period). Comparisons with other English cities suggested that the changes observed in London might not occur in smaller cities with lower absolute numbers of crashes, as in these settings fatalities are almost always covered regardless of mode share (79–100% coverage for both cyclist and motorcyclist fatalities).
cycling  road_safety  media  journalism 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
UPDATED: Road rage Pembroke Dock driver knocked cyclist off her bike (From Western Telegraph)
Mr Jones said Miss Davidson-Hall, aged 30, signalled for Butland to overtake her, but instead he drew alongside and screamed, “Get off the f***king road. You should be on the cyclepath.”

He then swerved into her “as some kind of warning” but failed to make contact with her.

Butland swerved at her a second time, this time hitting her and making her wobble.

On the third occasion his car hit her arm and she “sensibly” fell to her left and not to her right and into the carriageway.

Butland, of Military Road, Pennar, drove off but was arrested later the same day.

He admitted shouting at her but not deliberately swerving into her. Later, he admitted a charge of dangerous driving.

Mr Jones said his driving had been so blatant that other motorists had had a clear view and reported him to the police.

Mr Jones said details of Miss Davidson-Hall's recovery from her injuries were unknown as she worked as a medical officer onboard trawlers operating off the coast of the United States and it has been impossible to contact her.

David Williams, the barrister representing Butland, said it was difficult to explain his behaviour except to say he had become angry at seeing Miss Davidson-Hall riding in the carriageway when he thought she should have been on the cycle path.

"There cannot be argument that she should not be compensated," he added.

The judge, Mr Recorder Jonathan Furness, said Butland's driving had been "inexplicable and inexcusable."

"You decided this lady should not have been on the road, although she had been riding quite lawfully.

"It is not for members of the public to get involved in the way that you did," he added.
pqpc  cycling  road_safety  law 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
News analysis: Cycling safety special report - Health News - NHS Choices
. "the increase in cycling [in London] also resulted in a large increase in cycling KSI"—just not true

There has been a rise in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured (KSIs) over the past few years. The DfT estimates that the number of KSIs in 2012 was 32% higher than the average recorded for the 2005-2009 period.

This rise in KSI incidents has to be matched against the increasing number of people choosing to cycle. However, it is difficult to accurately measure the rise in either cycling journeys or the time and distance travelled.

The National Travel Survey (NTS) of 2012 estimated an increase of around 23% in the number of cyclists, compared to the 2005-2009 period. However, this is just an educated guess. While it is relatively straightforward to estimate car ownership, based on official data such as car registrations and tax records, no such robust data exists for cyclists. Therefore, it is important to put the current risk of cyclists being involved in a KSI incident in context.
cycling  road_safety  health  from twitter
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Bike Gob's Open Letter To Everyone
people around me have actually started cycling, but this is where I've become conflicted. As well as feeling delighted for them, I have also found that I have been feeling worried for them and even a little bit guilty. As I ride around our city on our car-centric roads, and poorly designed and barely maintained cycle paths, I find that I am constantly putting myself in real and life-threatening danger. I've had two collisions, one serious, and too many near misses to count. That's too many near misses to count, on a daily basis. I've heard so many stories from other cyclists in Glasgow of the regular dangers they face. I even witnessed very recently, a fellow rider driven into, smack head on, right in front of my eyes. Amazingly and forever thankfully he walked away with only bruises, but I have been asking myself, do I really want to suggest that more people cycle? Why encourage more people to put themselves in danger?
cycling  dccomment  road_safety 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
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