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Pedestrian Deaths Projected to Spike 10%
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USDOT - Pedestrian and Bike Risk Exposure
The USDOT has released a report that describes the methods used to estimate and evaluate exposure risk in pedestrian and bicyclist safety analyses.  One definition of a risk was the measure of the probability of a crash to occur given exposure to potential crash events.

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USDOT - Supporting Safe and Complete Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks
The US Department on Transportation has released a policy guide in hopes of increasing safety for bikes and pedestrians.This policy guidebook provides local and state agencies with the tools to create a solid policy platform to support the creation of multimodal transportation networks for users of all ages and abilities.

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Pedestrian Fatalities Projected to Surge 11% in 2016
There are many possible factors contributing to this spike. As economic conditions improve and gas prices remain low, the U.S. has seen an increase in motor vehicle miles traveled. At the same time, a growing number of Americans are choosing to travel by foot for health, transportation, economic or environmental reasons.

Another potential factor is a sharp rise in the use of smartphones to send and receive multimedia messages, a frequent source of mental and visual distraction for both walkers and drivers.

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Laying the Foundation for Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Communications
When a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian takes the full brunt of the severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Between 2014 and 2015, pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. increased by 9.5 percent.

Vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communications can help avoid impacts or reduce the consequences when light vehicles—10,000 pounds or less—collide with pedestrians.

Volpe experts analyzed data from national crash databases that code hundreds of thousands of real crashes to help the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) understand the scenarios that lead up to vehicle-pedestrian crashes and how V2P technology can help avoid them.

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NHTSA Sets 'Quiet Car' Safety Standard to Protect Pedestrians
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that it is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal safety standard will help pedestrians who are blind, have low vision, and other pedestrians detect the presence, direction and location of these vehicles when they are traveling at low speeds, which will help prevent about 2,400 pedestrian injuries each year once all hybrids in the fleet are properly equipped.

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New Quiet Car Standard to Protect Pedestrians:
This new federal safety standard will help pedestrians, especially those who are blind or who have low vision, detect the presence, direction and location of these vehicles when they are traveling at low speeds. We estimate  it will prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries each year once all hybrids in the fleet are properly equipped.

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America Walks: September 2016 Newsletter
September 2016: America Walks Heads to Vancouver for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place

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Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
The pedestrian hybrid beacon (PHB) - or high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK), as it is known in Tuscon, AZ - is a traffic control device used at pedestrian crossings. The treatment typically has the crosswalk marked on only one of the major road approaches. The PHB's vehicular display faces are generally located on mast arms over the major approaches to an intersection and in some locations on the roadside.

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10th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference on Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
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Pedestrian Danger of Pokemon GO
Check Out Our Distracted Driving Page to See the Consequences of Distracted Pedestrians.
Pothole Detection for the Visually Impaired
A prototype for a detection system that uses a camera paired with lasers to spot potholes and other potential surface hazards has been developed to help visually impaired pedestrians.


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May 2016 Newsletter: Stay Active This Summer with America Walks
There's no summer break for the walking movement. America Walks posted a new Newsletter for the month of May.

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Protecting Pedestrians with Connected Vehicle Technology
In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.

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America Walks: April 2016 Newsletter
In this Issue:
-Our Latest Report on How Walking Changed One Man's Life
-Staying Active with Walking Events Around the US
-Walking at Work in April
-Opportunities to Engage with the Walking Movement

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Pedestrian Update for Alabama
Preliminary Alabama statistics show 95 pedestrian fatalities in 2015 which was identical to that in 2014.  These were up considerably from the 2011 and 2012 numbers, which were 80 fatalities, reflecting the trend toward more urban driving and increase pedestrian activities.  We also caution pedestrians not to become distracted with cell phones and texting while on or close to busy roadways.
Temporary Ban on Hoverboards - University of Alabama

Due to safety issues related to the charging and operation of hoverboards, and out of an abundance of caution, The University of Alabama will implement several temporary restrictions on the use of hoverboards on campus. 


The following restrictions are effective immediately:

·         Hoverboards will not be allowed in University housing and residential facilities, including Greek houses.

·         Hoverboards cannot be recharged in any UA-owned or UA-leased facility or building.

·         Individuals who choose to ride hoverboards on campus must follow all traffic and pedestrian laws.


Restrictions will remain in place until safety concerns are resolved.   


Individuals who are returning to campus via air travel are encouraged to review their airline’s policy regarding hoverboards, because most/all major airlines do not allow the devices on their planes.  Taking a few minutes to check with your airline prior to travel may save time and inconvenience while en route to Tuscaloosa.


Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our campus as safe as possible.  If you would like additional product safety information on hoverboards, view a statement from the Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding hover boards at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/About-CPSC/Chairman/Kaye-Biography/Chairman-Kayes-Statements/Statements/Statement-from-the-US-CPSC-Chairman-Elliot-F-Kaye-on-the-safety-of-hoverboards/.
Pedestrian Facts Brought by GHSA
Digital Bicycle and Pedestrian Motion Graphics

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Digital Bicycle and Pedestrian Motion Graphics

NHTSA’s new digital Bicycle and Pedestrian Motion Graphics rely solely on non-verbal concepts, visual images, and animation to teach people who speak different languages and/or may be hearing impaired, basic bicycle and pedestrian safety concepts. 

The graphics can be downloaded from NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing.gov website at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/BicycleSafety and http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/PedestrianSafetyand shared on social media sites.

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Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence
The pedestrian safety feature at crosswalks that tells people how long they have to cross the road is having some unexpected negative effects. The pedestrians aren’t the only ones looking at these devices. Drivers are watching the count down too, and when it starts to run out of time many drivers are speeding up to get through the intersection. This causes an increase in auto accidents, mostly rear end collisions. READ MORE.
Texting While Walking More Dangerous Than Distracted Driving
Texting while walking injures more people per mile than distracted driving. A professor of emergency medicine said that there has been a drastic increase in the number of pedestrian injuries; due to the lack of protection pedestrians have when they get hit by a car. He also said that this increase coincides with the increase in cell phones over the past ten years. To read more about the dangers of texting and walking, click here.
Reversal in Three-Year Uptick in Pedestrian Fatalities
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time since 2009, the number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roadways is declining. Compared with the first six months of 2012, pedestrian deaths fell 8.7 percent during the first half of 2013, according to a new report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Specifically, comparing pedestrian fatality data for January through June 2013 (1,985) with the same time period in 2012 (2,175), there were 190 fewer fatalities. READ MORE