Tag Archives: traffic

Submit or Be Damned

Do as you’re told. Submit to authority. No matter what. Even if you have the facts on your side. Even if you have reason on your side. Even if you have experts on your side. Even if you have morality on your side. This is America today on our streets. Drive a car or stay […]

The Price We Gladly Pay

This column in today’s New York Times is heartbreaking: There was videotape evidence that the man who killed Cooper did not yield. Witnesses corroborated that the driver was not paying attention. I soon learned, however, that the Manhattan district attorney’s office would most likely not charge the driver who killed my son with criminal negligence. […]

The Eternal Season

That would be silly season. You know, that special time of year (two times, really) that one can expect the unexpected on Springfield’s streets because the city is full of new college students operating various vehicles in ways that are, quite often, horrifying and dangerous. Also amusing. I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow: Shooting […]

Pedestrian Fatality Map

Check out the map of pedestrian fatalities at Smart Growth America. Here’s a screen shot drilled down to Springfield:   There’s nothing surprising here. Pedestrians tend to take the hits on arterials with high volumes of traffic and higher speeds. The city has been building and improving sidewalks all over town. That’s a good thing. […]

Going Down Hard

It’s tough to be a pedestrian. But three cities are getting grants to make walking safer. From the USA Today article: Every two hours, on average, a pedestrian is killed. One is injured every seven minutes. “This is not something that just happens in some other place,” David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway […]

Spotted in the Wild 2

Something I saw this morning on my way to work (I was on my bicycle): Heading east into the rising sun on Elm this morning, I came upon a policeman starting his campus bicycle patrol. I was controlling the lane for an extra reason this morning: The shadows at the edge of the road can […]

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run

A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday near the MSU campus. Here’s a report from KSMU, including an interview with me. Here a Google Earth look at the intersection (click for larger image). That’s a look from roughly the perspective of the west-bound bicyclist looking toward south-bound traffic. The sight lines are […]

The Heart of the Matter

Note: Nothing new to read here — just thinking out loud and boiling things down. The rules of safe movement are these: First come, first served. Drive on the right. Pass on the left. Everything should follow from these rules. Everything includes (but is not limited to): Traffic laws Traffic controls Engineering of streets and […]

Flip-side of the Amsterdam Coin

The damned thing is done. Sort of. It’s not what I had originally intended. Last year, when I published a tongue-n-cheek trailer for this video, I was planning a documentary about bicycling in Springfield, Missouri with comparisons to Amsterdam (realizing, obviously, that such comparisons are difficult at best given the radically different contexts). The comparison […]

On Paying Attention

So there I am this morning stopped at the light at Elm and Kimbrough heading east toward MSU. I’m first in line. The switch at this intersection often doesn’t trip for bicycles. There was very little traffic. A guy in a minivan pulls behind me — and we wait. After a bit, I decide to […]

Lane Position and the Sun

Hit from behind is the rarest of car-bicycle collisions in urban areas. The general rule of thumb is: The danger is in front of you at intersections. This picture, however, illustrates, a situation where the danger is behind, and the proper choice of lane positioning is not intuitive for many people. Another general rule of […]

Ol’ Time Traffic Engineering v. People

Here’s the conclusion: The 20th-century model of traffic engineering is not only outdated, but is also downright hazardous to public health and economic development. Every year, communities around the world are demonstrating that there is another way. Treating a community’s streets like a sewage system that flushes cars through quickly and efficiently has been a […]

Where Can (Should) You Ride?

Here’s what Missouri law states (307.190): Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one […]

I Like To Watch And Listen

Every now and then I like to go to YouTube and watch traffic crash videos. You’ll find plenty of them because many people in Russia (and a few other countries out that way) run dash cams — I assume for insurance reasons. The following video is typical: You can also find many videos showing pedestrians […]

On The Showing Of Photos

What does it mean to show a photograph of a poorly-designed bicycle lane? Recent chatter from the lane-painting wing of bicycle-advocacy-land has taken the publishing of such images to task for the oft-imagined sin of over-generalizing about all bicycle infrastructure. For a good example of this, just read my post from yesterday. Let’s re-visit a […]