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Pedestrian Safety a Concern With Darker Commutes

The end of daylight saving time—on Nov. 4 this year—could create a more dangerous evening commute for people on foot, as darkness falls earlier and drivers find it harder to see on the road, says a Cedars-Sinai trauma physician. “Pedestrian …

Emergency Injuries Soar as Scooters Take Over Sidewalks

Motorized scooters are making quite the splash in pedestrian-heavy cities from Santa Monica, California, to Washington, D.C. They’re ubiquitous, inexpensive to rent, easy to unload and fun. They’re also dangerous. These small electric vehicles marketed by various companies are leaving …

Crosswalk Art Poses Safety Hazard

A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says. Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to …

Cooler Temps Prompt Police Warning of Increased Pedestrian Risk

As the season changes and the days grow shorter, law enforcement and safety officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians that fall is one of the most dangerous times of the year for people to cross streets and roads. The advisory …

Some States Consider Cellphone Cross Walk Ban, Fine

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s done it: You are just no good at texting and walking. While you might do OK at the reading and typing part, your preoccupied brain isn’t paying enough attention to what’s …

Public Investment Pays Off in Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety

A new study of pedestrian and bicycle travel suggests investment in infrastructure and policies to encourage walking and biking is correlated with lower rates of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. The work by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the …

Pedestrian Safety Focus After Deadly Times Square Accident

Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle. But those barriers only cover so much ground. There were none of them …

Crossing the Street Becoming More Dangerous

Last year was the deadliest year for pedestrians in the United States since 1996, according to a report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, which collects and analyzes data from state highway safety offices. Preliminary data show that 5,997 pedestrians …

Being a Colorado School Crossing Guard is Rewarding, Dangerous Job

It’s 7:15 a.m. on a morning when the weather is cold enough to quickly cause hypothermia or frostbite, and Katrina Deans is stationed at her corner. For the next hour, she’ll keep an eagle-eyed focus on the north-central intersection that’s …

New York City Officials Want Drivers to Watch for Pedestrians

The city is ramping up pedestrian safety efforts during the annual influx of holiday visitors and decreased daylight hours. Mayor Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner James P. O’Neill and other officials said Tuesday that this season is traditionally the “deadliest …