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These folks care about pedestrians, too!
Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian
& Bicycle Safety Research Page
The FHA Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Research website features articles and research on improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. They note that "[s]tatistics show that:
Past links of the month
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Past editor's pick links .... Here are the very best pedestrian web sites!
America Bikes encourages the enactment of laws that improve conditions for bicycling and walking. They support the improvement of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, including funding for the Transportation Enhancements program, a major source of funding for these facilities, and legislation to create a Federal Safe Routes to School program. See their website for action alerts and information on other Federal legislation affecting pedestrians and bicycles.
Segway Scooters, The SUVs of the Sidewalk
Walk San Francisco successfully pursued legislation to ban Segway scooters from the sidewalks of San Francisco. This web page presents some of their reasons, including photographs of injuries to people and damage to buildings from Segway accidents.
Walkable Communities is a non-profit corporation organized to help whole communities or parts of communitiies become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
- Winter, 2002
Resource Guide on Laws Related to Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
This is a valuable reference tool for comparing implementation of laws between states and for identifying potential new laws to improve pedestrian or bicycle safety. The Guide covers existing and model laws related to pedestrians and bicycles. It is based on a database NHTSA compiled of all laws that refer to pedestrians or bicycles or that were considered to have an impact on pedestrian or bicycle safety. Using the Guide, laws can be selected by key provision or by state and can also be searched by keyword. The Uniform Vehicle Code (UVC) is used as a baseline for comparison. Laws and ordinances not in the UVC were also included where they were judged to have a positive effect on safety. Annotations include the safety relevance of each key provision. The model legislation included in the Guide is based on research into crash causation. The Guide is available only as a download (about 2.5MB) from the NHTSA website or on CD-ROM (see the NHTSA website for details on how to order).
- September, 2001
Walk To School Day - USA - Resources
This page links to lots of great stuff to help plan for Walk to School Day. Check out the ideas for making your walk to school event a success; useful materials including a guidebook, walkability checklist, and artwork; and other websites with more information and resources. Maintained by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for the Partnership for a Walkable America in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- March, 2001
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Design Guidance, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Human Environment. "Accommodating Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel: A Recommended Approach is a policy statement adopted by the United States Department of Transportation. USDOT hopes that public agencies, professional associations, advocacy groups, and others adopt this approach as a way of committing themselves to integrating bicycling and walking into the transportation mainstream."
- December, 2000
This is a great site for pedestrian and bicycle information. They have sections on community problems & solutions; pedestrian crashes; outreach & promotion; education & enforcement; policy & planning; design & engineering; rails and trails; transit; research & development; health & fitness; news & events; and a digital library.
- September, 2000
International Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, October 4, 2000 the world will celebrate the first International Walk to School Day (iwalk for short). This site describes what iwalk is and how to get involved, with links to regional web sites. "The ultimate goal is to create a more walkable world community by community."
National Walk Our Children to School Day
This event, sponsored by the Partnership for a Walkable America, has grown yearly since the first official walk in 1997 and this year is part of the first annual International Walk to School Day.
is a national coalition of walking advocacy groups dedicated to promoting livable communities where people walk because it's a real choice.
Pedestrian Council of Australia
Safety - Amenity - Access- Health "Walking class heroes".
The first pedestrian traffic death!
On September 13, 1899, Henry H. Bliss stepped off a New York streetcar and was hit by a passing automobile, resulting in the first North American traffic death. For 100 years pedestrians have been killed by motor vehicles!
Promotes walking for transportation and recreation. Our mission is to create and preserve walkable, livable communities through education and advocacy.
We stencil a body outline in the street to mark the spot where the rush of traffic took another person's life. Over 40 people are killed by automobiles each year while walking in San Francisco!
A wonderful site by a pedestrian advocate in Cary, North Carolina! Good analysis of the walkability of a fast growing suburban area where walkers are second class citizens. Great pictures, too!
Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits
US State and Federal Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators
A very handy reference tool by state with email addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and postal addresses. Send your public servants feedback.
Pedestrian signs from around the world
An absolutely amazing collection by Bartolomeo Mecánico
Childhood Pedestrian Deaths During Halloween
The Center for Disease Control reports that the number of childhood pedestrian deaths increased fourfold among children on Halloween evenings when compared with all other evenings.
- July, 1998
An ongoing performance work founded in 1990. Performers dressed in costumes inspired by pedestrian crossing signs appear in public locations for impromptu performances as well as completely choreographed works for specific locations.
- May, 1998
International Pedestrian Lexicon
A great resource for pedestrian advocates and traffic professionals.
LightGuard Systems, Inc.
LED flashing lights are embedded in the roadway surface. This system alerts motorists that pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety, Inc. (PEDS)
Bringing together citizens who want a better pedestrian environment in Atlanta, Georgia. A pedestrian is 2.5 times more likely to be killed by a stranger with a car than by a stranger with a gun.
The Congress for the New Urbanism
Pedestrian Safety Roadshow
"Share the Vision - Safe Pedestrians and a Walkable America"
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