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Drivers overtaking bikes biggest reason for fatal cycling crashes

McClatchyDC: “Drivers overtaking bike riders are the biggest cause of death among cyclists, says a study released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Bike safety is a growing problem that appears to be getting more worrisome, and, the board reported, “current available data likely underestimate the level of bicycling activity in the United States.” In 2017, 806 cyclists died in crashes with motor vehicles, which it found “was comparable to the deaths resulting from railroad or marine accidents and more than twice the number of deaths resulting from aviation accidents in the same year.” Last year, the death toll jumped to 857, its highest since 1990. The NTSB report, its most comprehensive look at bicycle safety in 47 years, comes as both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are pushing hard to provide more funding for what they see as a growing problem.

The safety board’s findings gave them new fuel for their effort. “If we do not improve roadway infrastructure for bicyclists, bicyclists will die who otherwise would not,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt. “If we do not enhance bicyclist (visibility), likewise, additional bicyclists will die,” he told the board as it met Tuesday to discuss the report. “If we do not act to mitigate head injury for more bicyclists, additional bicyclists will die.”…”

Drivers are killing pedestrians at the highest rate in almost 30 years

The Verge – Pedestrian and cyclist death rates are increasing, as overall traffic fatalities plummet – “Nearly 36,600 people died on US roadways last year, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 2017, according to recently released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled also decreased… Continue Reading

Google Maps adds more Waze-like features including driving-incident reports

TechCrunch: “…Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android, users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like road construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles and objects in the… Continue Reading

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

The New York Times – See driving-related emissions in your metro area, road by road – “These findings come from a New York Times analysis of new data released through Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. The database provides the most detailed estimates available of local on-road CO2 over the past three decades. The… Continue Reading

UPS Flight Forward Attains FAA’s First Full Approval For Drone Airline

UPS press release: “UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government’s first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. The company will initially expand its drone delivery service further to support hospital campuses around the country, and to provide solutions for customers beyond those in the… Continue Reading

Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps

Google Blog: “Google Maps has always helped you get from place to place, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or taking public transit. And we know that transit journeys can be complex–often involving multiple modes of transportation to help you get around town. Today, we’re making it easy to pair transit directions with biking and ridesharing… Continue Reading

Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies

National Academies: “Since 2009, when NCHRP’s last Security 101 report was released, there have been significant advances in transportation security approaches, including new strategies, programs, and ways of doing business that have increased the security of transportation systems as well as ensured their resiliency. Hazards and threats to the system have also continued to evolve… Continue Reading

2019 Urban Mobility Report

Published by The Texas A&M Transportation Institute with cooperation from INRIX: “The ‘2019 Urban Mobility Report’ highlights the reality of how motorists in the largest urban areas across the U.S. are experiencing the negative effects of congestion levels in their daily lives. In 2017, the average commuter wasted nearly 7 full working days in extra… Continue Reading

11 Rules Every Cyclist Should Follow

Outside – “Former professional cyclist Phil Gaimon, in partnership with editor Jonathan Hyla, gives us the rundown of The New Rules Of Cycling. His main messages? Don’t be a jerk, always wave to fellow cyclists, and don’t you dare litter.” [These rules apply every day, every where you are. Acknowledging strangers, picking  up litter and well, being… Continue Reading

Google wants Travel and Maps to be the place you plan your trips from start to finish

The Verge: “After shutting down the Trips app and consolidating its flights and hotel booking tools under Google Travel, the company today announced new features to help travelers plan their trip in its entirety. An update coming to Google Flights will now show travelers guides on popular destinations based on their country and the time… Continue Reading