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.”

Teen killed crossing street after L.A. schools closed over threat was 'awesome student'

Teen killed crossing street after L.A. schools closed over threat was ‘awesome student’
LA Times
12/15/15

[…] A Los Angeles Times analysis identified Avenue 60 and Figueroa Street as a particularly problematic intersection for pedestrians, showing that 13 people were hit, two fatally, from 2002 through 2013. […] A total of 73 people were hit and four were killed at the five intersections from 2002 through 2013. […]

Federal Report: Bad Street Design a Factor in Rising Ped/Bike Fatalities

Federal Report: Bad Street Design a Factor in Rising Ped/Bike Fatalities
Streetsblog
12/11/15

[…] The investigation was ordered by U.S. representatives Rick Larsen (Washington State), Peter DeFazio (Oregon) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) in response to increasing pedestrian and cyclist deaths. Between 2004 and 2013, traffic deaths dropped steadily for drivers, but inched up for people walking or biking, according to the GAO. The cause of the discrepancy isn’t clear. […]

GAO-16-06 (PDF) PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS Cities, States, and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety
November 2015

‘Protected Intersection’ For Bikes Opens In Salt Lake City

‘Protected Intersection’ For Bikes Opens In Salt Lake City
Here and Now
9/30/2015

[…] “Protected intersections,” designed to prevent car-bicycle collisions, have long existed in the Netherlands, but they are just catching on in the U.S.

After a former video game maker in Oregon created a video (below) explaining the design, one was recently built in Davis, California, and another in Salt Lake City, Utah, and plans are being discussed in cities across the country. […]

Cyclists Can Ignore Some Traffic Lights, Paris Announces

Cyclists Can Ignore Some Traffic Lights, Paris Announces
KPBS
July 9, 2015

[…] The new policy follows several years of an experiment in which Paris allowed cyclists to pass through intersections more fluidly. The city says the test demonstrated that “the passage of cyclists through red lights isn’t accident-prone and avoids certain conflicts between cyclists and vehicles that are stopped at lights” – notably those cases in which a bike is in a car’s blind spot. […]

Walking in L.A.: Times analysis finds the county's 817 most dangerous intersections

Walking in L.A.: Times analysis finds the county’s 817 most dangerous intersections
LA Times
7/12/2015

[…] A Los Angeles Times analysis shows nearly a quarter of traffic accidents involving a pedestrian occur at less than 1% of the city’s intersections. […]

Pedestrians were involved in 1 in 10 traffic accidents in Los Angeles from 2002 through 2013, but represented more than 35% of road deaths. […]