This entry summarizes a 2010 study on bicycling risk factors published by Monash University in Australia. Some interesting findings emerged after the researchers spent 127 hours analyzing the behavior of cyclists and drivers.
There are few things more important to your child's safety, inside or outside of a car, than making sure they ride in a properly installed child safety seat. We've known this for years. This is so important, in fact, that several car seat installation check points have sprung up in cities all over the country.
When the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration alters its child seat guidelines, we should all take note, not just car accident attorneys. In 2014, a major change goes into effect.
We've all heard the texting and driving horror stories. The stories are bizarre and varied. Take for example, the man who killed a boy on a bicycle because he was texting his girlfriend who was sitting next to him in the car.
Distracted driving car accidents are as preventable as any car accident out there. State and local authorities have teamed up with private activists to attack this deadly problem. Their approaches are getting more and more creative, and this blog has covered them extensively.
Every year around this time, the blog publishes an entry on holiday driving. Studies show that year-over-year car accidents spike during the holiday season. Part of that can be explained by bad weather conditions--icy, slick or snowy roadways.
Part of it can be explained by drunk driving during the holidays.
From the heartwarming holiday story department, the Oregonian reported today on the Bike for Humanity PDX program and its recent efforts to make refurbished bicycles available for Portland's disadvantaged youth.
Originally founded by four people who met at the United Bicycle Institute and who then formed the Community Exchange Bike School.
You've heard it called Bicycle City, U.S.A. If you read this blog, you've probably read me writing about it frequently. If you drive around Portland at all, they're everywhere.
But just how bike-ish is Bike City? New census numbers suggest we may be stagnating with our alternative modes of transport, according to Joseph Rose of the Oregonian traffic beat.
Earlier in the week, the blog wrote about the risks posed by distractions other than you phone. Following up on that post, this entry looks at an interesting 2013 study from Ian Spence of the University of Toronto.
The study looked at response times when trying to find objects on a cluttered computer display. Sound familiar?
As of last count, 41 states have laws against text messaging and driving and/or hands free laws regulating talking on the phone. To be sure, these are the leading causes of distracted driving car accidents, but what other distractions are lurking.
Well, there are many. One interesting potential distraction is the onboard navigation system in some automobiles. Features designed to assist the driver, might actually be a problem.
The blog has written many times that fatal car accidents are way down over the last several years. In some measures, we've seen record lows.
The same has not held true for cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic fatalities for bicyclists and walkers have seen an increase.
The blog has spent the better part of the last week looking at and publishing entries on the statistics released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on pedestrian accidents. These statistics were the official statistics released from 2011.
The NHTSA also releases unofficial early statistics. This post focuses on the "estimated" fatal traffic accident statistics from the first half of 2013.