Don’t Say ‘Cyclists,’ Say ‘People on Bikes’

A group of Seattle-based safer streets advocates say they’ve been able to foster a much more civil debate by changing up the language they use.
City Lab 2/11/2017

“Now the city talks about safety. When you feel like what you are gaining is the ability to walk freely and safely around your neighborhood, rather than bike lanes for somebody else, that sounds a lot better.”

Cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags are still being made and sold

Cars with potentially deadly Takata air bags are still being made and sold
LA Times
6/1/16

[…] The carmakers – Toyota, Vokswagen, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi – are selling some vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years that include inflators that have already been linked to at least 11 deaths around the world, according to the report released Wednesday.

“Consumers are buying new cars and not realizing they’re going to be recalled,” the report’s author, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), said in a statement. […]

Regulators say 85 million U.S. Takata air bags may still face recall

Regulators say 85 million U.S. Takata air bags may still face recall
Reuters
4/13/16

U.S. auto safety regulators said on Wednesday there were about 85 million unrecalled Takata Corp (7312.T) air bag inflators in U.S. vehicles that would eventually need to be recalled unless the company can prove they are safe.

This is the first public accounting by the U.S. government of the total number of unrecalled Takata air bag inflators.

Someone in Malibu May Be Sabotaging Canyon Roads to Keep Motorcyclists Away

Someone in Malibu May Be Sabotaging Canyon Roads to Keep Motorcyclists Away
Ride Apart
2/8/16

[…] According to first person accounts, someone may be intentionally pouring oil in a number of places and prior to the entry of some corners. […] Whether or not anyone has actually set out to harm motorcyclists, evidence of excess oil on the roadway is worth noting and passing along. […]

Experts, police perform underride crash tests

Experts, police perform underride crash tests
3/27/15
ABC

[…] Crash experts and police from around the state gathered Friday to perform side underride crash tests […] NHTSA spokesperson Jose Ucles said they have not yet started evaluating the possibility of requiring side impact guards, but they could in the future. […]

Stronger Truck Underride Guards Proposed to Cut Rear-Impact Deaths

Stronger Truck Underride Guards Proposed to Cut Rear-Impact Deaths
Claims Journal
December 9, 2015

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing that trucking companies be required to install stronger guards on their trailers to reduce deaths caused when cars rear-end tractor trailers. […] The stronger guards will prevent between one and three serious injuries and one fatality a year, NHTSA said. […]

U.S. Proposes Overhaul of Car-Safety Ratings

U.S. Proposes Overhaul of Car-Safety Ratings
WSJ
12/8/15

[…] The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday proposed adding assessments of the features in the hopes the safety breakthroughs will eventually become mainstays on cars and trucks the way air bags and electronic stability control have over the years. Autonomous driving technologies such as lane-departure and blind-spot warnings increasingly allow vehicles to avoid crashes as opposed to simply helping drivers survive collisions. More than 32,000 people die each year on U.S. roads. [….]

DOT issues notice of proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers

DOT issues notice of proposed rulemaking on improved rear impact protection for trailers and semitrailers
12/7/2015

This is needed and will save lives –

[…] “Robust trailer rear impact guards can significantly reduce the risk of death or injury to vehicle occupants in the event of a crash into the rear of a trailer or semitrailer,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “We’re always looking at ways to safeguard the motoring public, and today’s announcement moves us forward in our mission.”

Rear underride crashes are those in which the front end of a vehicle impacts the rear of a generally larger vehicle, and slides under the rear-impacted vehicle. For example, underride may occur in collisions in which a small passenger vehicle crashes into the rear end of a large trailer and the bed and chassis of the impacted vehicle is higher than the hood of the impacting passenger vehicle.

In excessive underride crashes, there is passenger compartment intrusion (PCI) as the passenger vehicle underrides so far that the rear end of the struck vehicle enters the passenger compartment of the striking passenger vehicle. PCI can result in severe injuries and fatalities to occupants contacting the rear end of the struck vehicle. A rear impact guard prevents PCI when it engages the smaller striking vehicle and stops the vehicle from sliding too far under the struck vehicle’s bed and chassis.

The occupant crash protection features built into today’s passenger vehicles are able to provide high levels of occupant protection in 35 mph frontal crashes. This NPRM would require trailer and semitrailer guards to remain in place and prevent PCI in crashes of severities of up to 35 mph versus the current requirement of up to 30 mph. […]