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Little evidence 20mph speed limit reduces casualties, says report | UK news | The Guardian
There is insufficient evidence that a 20mph speed limit has led to a significant reduction in the number of crashes and casualties in UK residential areas, a government-commissioned study has found.

There has been substantial growth in the number of 20mph limits enforced following the Department for Transport’s decision in 2013 to encourage local authorities to consider the measure in an attempt to reduce casualties and increase levels of walking and cycling.

The report also found a majority of drivers break the speed limit in 20mph zones in residential areas.
driving  road_safety 
15 days ago by juliusbeezer
Government response to its “Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Safety Review”. | Road Danger Reduction Forum
High visibility and helmets: Very disappointing. It does say:”… we believe wearing helmets, and also high-vis clothing, should remain a matter of individual choice rather than imposing additional regulations which would be difficult to enforce”.(8.11), but note that the reason for this is NOT – as we think it should be – an evidence-based approach based on the lack of evidence of benefits of hi-viz and helmets. There is still an assumption that these are basically good interventions, with no evidence referenced at all for hi-viz, and poor evidence for helmets being quoted. Despite the lack of good evidence, the Government is still saying: “we will continue to encourage cyclists, especially children, to wear helmets to protect them…” .
road_safety  uk  helmetwars 
16 days ago by juliusbeezer
Ex-B.C. transport minister Todd Stone pans ‘gaps’ in road speeds study | Vancouver Sun
Brubacher said his team analyzed more than 16 years of data on fatal crashes, auto-insurance claims and ambulance dispatches for road trauma.

“We studied crashes that occurred on (or within half a kilometre) of roads affected by the speed-limit changes. We also looked at crashes that occurred on roads nearby those where the speed limits where changed and across the entire province,” he said.

Crash rates across the whole province didn’t change, but on roads where the speed limits were increased, there was a 43 per cent increase in auto-insurance claims, a 30 per cent increase in claims that resulted in an injury and an estimated 118 per cent increase in fatal crashes (the equivalent of 15 more fatal crashes per year), Brubacher said.

“We feel it is very unlikely that these changes are explained by bad weather or distraction, as Mr. Stone suggests, because they are localized to a narrow corridor along the highways with raised speed limits.”

Stone said that the relatively small number of fatal crashes means there are wide margins for error and it’s possible there was actually a decrease. But Brubacher said that’s highly unlikely.

“According to our model, the increase in fatal crashes on affected segments could have been as low as 10 per cent or as high as 225 per cent, but the best estimate was an increase of 118 per cent.”
driving  road_safety  canada 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
NSW, Victorian motorists caught out being distracted almost 50 per cent of time spent driving
Australian drivers are distracted for 45 per cent of the time behind the wheel, finds the first results from a landmark research project that filmed hundreds of drivers inside their vehicles over nearly two million kilometres.

Designed to find out what drivers really do behind the wheel, the first results shocked researchers who specialise in driver distraction, the cause of about 16 per cent of serious crashes.
driving  road_safety 
8 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team – Setting the Gold Standard for road danger reduction policing | Road Danger Reduction Forum
By now readers of posts on this site will be aware of the existence of operations policing the close passing of cyclists and related enforcement based on reducing road danger at source. Our last update of what is happening nationally is here.

This post is about the work WMPRHRT carry out in general. For us they have been setting the Gold Standard for road danger reduction policing with the typical resources (the Metropolitan Police being the exception that proves the rule here) of a Police Service.
road_safety  police  uk 
10 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
New data reveals most dangerous London borough for pedestrians | Cities | The Guardian
For every billion walking trips that occur in London, 600 people are killed or injured on average, the analysis showed. The number rises to 825 in Barking and Dagenham...

Four more boroughs averaged more than 700 deaths or injuries per billion walking trips: Hackney at 796, Brent with 793, Redbridge at 790 and Haringey with 770.
London  walking  road_safety 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Why children struggle to cross busy streets safely: New research shows perceptual judgment, motor skills not fully developed until age 14 -- ScienceDaily
New research from the University of Iowa shows children under certain ages lack the perceptual judgment and motor skills to cross a busy road consistently without putting themselves in danger. The researchers placed children from 6 to 14 years old in a realistic simulated environment and asked them to cross one lane of a busy road multiple times.

The results: Children up to their early teenage years had difficulty consistently crossing the street safely, with accident rates as high as 8 percent with 6-year-olds. Only by age 14 did children navigate street crossing without incident, while 12-year-olds mostly compensated for inferior road-crossing motor skills by choosing bigger gaps in traffic.
cycling  road_safety  children  walking  driving 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Government opens dangerous and careless cycling law consultation | road.cc
Alliston, who had been riding a fixed wheel bike with no front brake when he collided with Mrs Briggs in 2016, fatally injuring her, was acquitted of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily injury through wanton or furious driving under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

The case led to calls for the law to be updated, rather than prosecutors having to rely on outdated legislation in such circumstances and last year the government announvced that it was conducting a review of the law.

Announcing the consultation today, transport minister Jesse Norman, who has responsibility for cycling and walking, said: “In recent weeks we have announced a range of measures designed to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
cycling  road_safety  uk  law  agnotology  dccomment 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Les « débiles sociaux » – carfree.fr
Le même sénateur qui voulait imposer le casque aux cyclistes en 2016 est aujourd’hui contre la limitation de vitesse à 80 km/heure sur les routes. Hervé Maurey, sénateur centriste de l’Eure et président de la commission de l’aménagement du territoire et du développement durable du Sénat, montre ainsi toute la flexibilité de ses conceptions en matière de sécurité routière. Quand il s’agit des vélos, il faut imposer des mesures contraignantes comme le casque obligatoire, quand il s’agit des automobilistes, imposer le 80 km/heure sur les routes serait « une mesure attentatoire aux libertés« …
france  politics  road_safety  helmetwars 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Nantes: Un automobiliste renverse un cycliste et lui écrase le bras en prenant la fuite
L’accident s’est déroulé le 25 mai à 20h, quartier Beaulieu, à l’angle du boulevard du général de Gaulle et de la rue René Viviani, à Nantes. Une voiture et un vélo roulaient à même hauteur, dans le même sens de circulation en direction du centre-ville. C’est là que l’automobiliste a voulu tourner à droite, sans clignotant et en coupant la route au cycliste. Ce dernier s’est retrouvé projeté au sol. Avant de prendre la fuite, l’automobiliste a manœuvré et a roulé sur le bras du jeune homme, lui occasionnant une fracture de l’avant-bras, indique la police.
cycling  nantes  road_safety  crash_report 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian | Technology | The Guardian
Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg and said she was walking outside of the crosswalk with a bicycle when she was hit at around 10pm on Sunday. Images from the scene showed a damaged bike. The 2017 Volvo SUV was traveling at roughly 40 miles an hour, and it did not appear that the car slowed down as it approached the woman, said Tempe sergeant Ronald Elcock.

Elcock said he had watched footage of the collision, which has not been released to the public. He also identified the operator of the car as Rafael Vasquez, 44, and said he was cooperative and there were no signs of impairment.
The self-driving technology is supposed to detect pedestrians, cyclists and others and prevent crashes.
driverless  road_safety  crash_report  deaths 
march 2018 by juliusbeezer
La vitesse abaissée à 80 km/h malgré une expérimentation "pas très concluante"
400.000 kilomètres de routes seraient concernés. Les nationales et départementales vont en effet peut-être voir leur vitesse maximum réduite à 80 km/h, au lieu de 90 km/h actuellement. Mardi prochain, le comité interministériel à la Sécurité Routière (CISR) que tient le gouvernement devrait l'annoncer. Pour justifier cette décision, ce dernier avance qu'une diminution permettra de faire reculer le nombre d'accidents mortels. Mais, problème, l'expérimentation qui a été menée ne permet pas de conclure à une baisse de l'accidentalité.
road_safety  france  driving 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
De 90 à 80 km/h , 13 mètres de distance d'arrêt qui change tout ? - Les Automobilistes
Ces 13 mètres de réduction de distance d’arrêt ne changerons rien où que très minimement des vies. le vrai chantier est financier, il faut nettoyer les abords des routes, supprimer les arbres centenaires qui datent de Napoléon pour servaient à faire de l’ombre aux carrosses tirés par des chevaux ou bœufs. aménager les fossés par des réseaux souterrains de convoyage d’eau de pluie et les remplir afin de créer des dégagements d’urgence. Débroussailler et tailler les taillis qui bloquent la vue aux abords des croisements, signaler sur des courbes à l’aveugle la proximité d’une intersection potentiellement dangereuse. poser des bandes rugueuses sur les bords de chaussées et ligne médianes continue. bref, revoir l’infrastructure. Alors oui nous roulerons à 80 le temps que les aménagements soient effectués. Non nous ne roulerons pas à 80 km/h sur les seuls dires de la Direction de la sécurité routière, nous automobilistes sommes devenus les victimes du désengagement de l’état du réseau routier secondaire et le manque de financement pour nos régions…. Halte au mensonge, ce n’est pas la vitesse, mais l’infrastructure qui est en cause.
road_safety  france  français  dccomment 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
How to write a headline about drivers who kill : TreeHugger
"Auto user" is a new way to put it. In the article, he uses the more common term, with an active driver hitting a person walking, rather than a passive person being hit by a car.

The Portland Police Bureau is investigating a collision that happened just after midnight this morning at SE Stark and 148th. A driver hit and killed a person crossing the street on foot; then the driver fled the scene.

Then there is a variation on the theme, with a bit of passive but another variation.

Just three months ago a 40-year-old man walking on Stark was hit and killed by someone using a car.
driving  road_safety  language 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
Motoring myths: what ‘black boxes’ reveal about our driving habits | Money | The Guardian
Installed in about 1m cars by insurance companies, they offer drivers – usually 17 to 25-year-olds – less costly insurance if they drive more carefully. But the telematics black boxes also reveal a wealth of data about how Britain drives - debunking a lot of modern myths, but confirming many others...
Country roads with 60mph limits are a deathtrap for young drivers. Telematics devices know which type of road the driver is on, and find that young and inexperienced drivers handle winding roads poorly.

“When you are on a country road with a 60mph limit, you shouldn’t be doing anywhere near 60mph,” says Vaughan. “What young people need is more help in understanding where it is inappropriate to driven near the limit.”

Crispin Moger of Marmalade says: “Many newly qualified drivers still are too scared to drive on motorways. This results in them spending more time on rural roads. With narrow lanes, blind corners and slow-moving vehicles, these can be far more dangerous than the motorway: according to information published on gov.uk, 80% of young driver fatalities occur on rural roads.”
driving  road_safety 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
L‘Allemagne tait le nombre d'accidents sur les autoroutes à vitesse libre
sur l'ensemble du réseau allemand, il n'y a qu'un faible tronçon où l'on peut rouler sans devoir surveiller le compteur. 388 km exactement. Mieux encore, on apprend que l'Allemagne garde jalousement ses données d'accidentalité, notamment celles portant sur ces fameux 388km…. Ainsi au niveau européen, le responsable chargé de remplir le fichier des accidents pour chaque État-membre ne parvient jamais à remplir totalement sa mission. Il lui manque à chaque fois l'Allemagne! Berceau des constructeurs de grosses cylindrées, l'Allemagne redouterait en réalité que ces données soient une contre-publicité pour la vitesse. Car le nombre de sinistres recensés sur ces 388 km a finalement été divulgué. Jean-Luc Névache qui fut délégué interministériel à la sécurité routière et qui intervient dans le long métrage s'est procuré ces informations qu'il livre à la caméra…. Sur ce segment où la vitesse est libre, l'accidentalité est trois fois plus forte que celle en France, dit-il.
road_safety  germany  driving 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Who's driving? Autonomous cars may be entering the most dangerous phase | Technology | The Guardian
“We found that human drivers over-trusted the technology and were not monitoring the roadway carefully enough to be able to safely take control when needed,” said the company in its 2017 safety report.

Ian Reagan from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares Waymo’s caution, although he acknowledges that the safety potential for automated systems is “huge”.
driverless  safety  road_safety 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Pourquoi devient-on si bête quand on est au volant ?
Entretien avec Jean-Marc Bailet, ancien officier supérieur de la gendarmerie, docteur en psychologie du conducteur, et auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur la sécurité routière, dont "Le volant rend-il fou ? Psychologie de l'automobiliste" et "Zen au volant. Guide du mieux conduire"...
"L'automobile occupe une place particulière dans l'imaginaire collectif. Symbole du XXe siècle et de la société de la consommation, la voiture a profondément modelé nos sociétés et nos vies. Elle est intimement associée à l'idée d'émancipation sociale et économique. C'est, pour nombre de Français, un symbole d'indépendance, de liberté, voire de transgression. Quand les autorités s'en mêlent, certains y voient donc une atteinte directe à leurs libertés individuelles, une intrusion illégitime de l'Etat et de la puissance publique dans leur pré-carré.

Concernant la sécurité routière, les réactions s'expliquent aussi plus simplement par la psychologie de l'automobiliste : malgré le travail de sensibilisation mené depuis des années, malgré les progrès réalisés en la matière, beaucoup continent de surestimer leurs capacités au volant, et donc à contester automatiquement toute mesure de sécurité routière, qu'ils perçoivent comme inutile."
driving  france  culture  road_safety  psychology  police 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Young drivers not learning fast enough to avoid collisions with road users such as cyclists, report finds - Cycling Weekly
The report, titled Young Novice Driver Collision Types, found that although younger drivers quickly learned how to prevent “single vehicle loss of control crashes” (such crashing as a result driving too fast on a country road), they were much slower to learn how to avoid collisions with vulnerable road users.

Looking at Department for Transport statistics and a study by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, IAM Roadsmart and TRL Limited sought to discover which aspects of driving were learned quickest.

The report concludes that young drivers were slow to learn how to deal with manoeuvring and safely negotiating vulnerable road users, suggesting that “advanced hazard perception training” might be a way of reducing the risk that young drivers pose to cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
driving  cycling  road_safety 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Jimmy Savile's 'clunk click' safety ads ejected from National Archives | UK news | The Guardian
Savile made 20 clips in the 1970s warning of the dangers of driving without seatbelts. The “clunk click” films, which were repeatedly broadcast in the 1970s, were seen as playing a key role in reducing road deaths before seatbelts were made compulsory in 1983.

One of the adverts featured in a collection of public information films issued by the National Archive in 2006. But a spokeswoman has admitted that the film was quietly removed from the National Archive’s website in 2014 after the extent of Savile’s child abuse became clear.

She said: “It was on our website as part of a selection of public information films that we curated there to mark the 60th anniversary of the Central Office of Information. We took it down in July 2014. We just felt with the current climate it wasn’t the best choice and it was perhaps ethically wrong to highlight it. So we removed it from the selection.
road_safety  history  uk  agnotology 
december 2017 by juliusbeezer
Launch of Operation Snap | Road Danger Reduction Forum
Motorists can now contribute to help Wales’ police forces keep roads safe by putting digital footage from dash cams and other devices to good use. (Cyclists can also submit helmet-cam or light/camera footage).

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public throughout Wales can submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.
driving  road_safety  police  video 
december 2017 by juliusbeezer
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 
november 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
october 2017 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 
september 2017 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
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.


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.

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
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