Last month, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued an alarming report that suggested a connection between the rise in traffic crash-related pedestrian deaths and smartphone and marijuana use. Is there a connection?
As Labor Day approaches, you'll see kids all over the Bay Area walking, biking or taking the bus to school. Others get a ride from their parents, who have to navigate busy crosswalks and school areas populated with kids on foot and bike.
Near sites such as the Oakland Museum, Lake Merritt, some BART stations, and the Grand Lake Farmer's Market, you'll see midblock crosswalks. Midblock crosswalks make it more convenient for people to reach their destination by eliminating extra walking to a street corner.
An incident in Martinez this week stresses the importance of pedestrian safety.
Pokemon Go has gotten as much, if not more, attention than the presidential race this month. Since Pokemon Company released the free app on July 6, Google Play alone has seen more than 100,000 downloads.
Oakland moves forward on Telegraph Ave. Complete Streets and Grand Ave. bikeways projects.
Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to serious injuries, even death when walking on or alongside any street traveled by cars. Most of the time, the driver claims not to see the pedestrian in time. In order to ensure pedestrian safety at intersections, a city needs to essentially hit the driver with a wet towel as they approach a crosswalk or other avenue where driver and walker cross paths. To accomplish this, cities need to get assertive and creative in their design.