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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

NYC Pedestrian Traffic Makes for Safer Street Crossings: Google Street View Study

Jan. 21, 2016 — Researchers have developed a novel method to assess how the streetscape affects the chances pedestrians will be injured by drivers. Using Google Street View the researchers assessed the pedestrian ... read more

How the Economy Affects Traffic Fatalities

Jan. 21, 2016 — With the recent fall in gas prices, most drivers might be thinking that now they can afford to take that road trip, take a quick jaunt to the outlet mall, or just drive to work instead of taking ... read more

Dangerous Driving Puts Kids at Higher Risk of Getting Hit During School Drop-Offs

Jan. 20, 2016 — In 2011, trained observers measured dangerous driving behaviors and numbers of children walking to school during morning drop-off times. The study reviewed police reports on child PMVCs, mapped ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Transportation engineers have developed an inexpensive system to sense Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from bus passengers' mobile devices and collect data to build better transit ... read more

College Students Whose Friends Text and Drive More Likely to Do It Too, Study Shows

Jan. 19, 2016 — Texting while driving is a significant risk factor for automobile collisions, and cell phone use while driving is especially prevalent among young people. More than half (52 percent) of a sample of ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Parents may intend to set strong limits on their teen drivers but their kids may not always be getting the message, a new nationally-representative poll in the U.S.A ... read more

What Motivates People to Walk and Bike? It Varies by Income

Jan. 6, 2016 — The environmental factors that motivate people to walk or bike vary by income, researchers have found. Living in a dense neighborhood with accessible destinations and owning fewer vehicles were ... read more

Road Rumble Strips Are a Wake-Up Call to Pull Over

Dec. 22, 2015 — Drowsy drivers are being urged to stop and take a break the first time they hit a road rumble strip these school holidays, with new research revealing the audio-tactile vibrations should be a wake-up ... read more

New Report Calls for More Consistent Regulations for Mobile App Transportation

Dec. 11, 2015 — Innovative transportation services such as car sharing, bike sharing, and transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft are changing mobility for millions of people, yet regulation of these ... read more

Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Research Shows

Dec. 4, 2015 — Researchers sat down with 30 teens to better understand their perceptions of driving and distractions such as cell-phone use. Their ultimate goal is to develop an intervention to keep teens safe on ... read more

Twitter Data Can Make Roads Safer During Inclement Weather

Dec. 2, 2015 — Go ahead, rant about the snow on Twitter. It can ease traffic on slippery, congested roads. That's the crux of a new study that examined how weather-related tweets can be analyzed to bolster ... read more

Tracking Freight Flows

Nov. 17, 2015 — A new freight database that will help transportation officials improve highways, railroads and other trade routes across the country. With about two million records in the database, this resource ... read more

Meeting Transportation Needs Will Improve Lives of Those With ASD, Their Families

Nov. 13, 2015 — An integrated approach to providing access to reliable and safe transportation is needed for adults on the autism spectrum and their families, according to a new study that offers recommendations for ... read more

How Voters Would Accept Higher Gas Tax

Nov. 10, 2015 — Americans would be more likely to accept a gas tax increase if they knew the extra revenue would improve energy efficiency, repair roads and bridges or be refunded to taxpayers equally, indicates a ... read more

U.S. Airlines Learning from Accident Close Calls, but They Can Try Harder, Study Finds

Oct. 29, 2015 — Although U.S. airlines are extraordinarily safe, they are missing an important opportunity to acquire even more safety-related information because some incidents involving close calls are not probed ... read more

Lifestyle, Occupational Factors That May Put Truck Drivers in Danger

Oct. 21, 2015 — Truck drivers who are frequently fatigued after work, use cell phones while driving, or have an elevated pulse pressure – a potential predictor of cardiovascular disease - may be at increased risk ... read more

Racial Bias in Crosswalks? Study Says Yes

Oct. 16, 2015 — African-American pedestrians waited longer than whites before drivers yielded, concludes an American study. Now these researchers will turn their attention to gender to see if similar differences ... read more

Research Initiative Presents New Traffic Technologies for Cities

Oct. 7, 2015 — The partners in the UR:BAN research initiative set out to make driving in tomorrow’s cities safer and more efficient. At the initiative’s upcoming final presentation, demonstration vehicles will ... read more

Section Speed Control Reduces the Number of Killed, Severely Injured by Half

Oct. 6, 2015 — Section control reduces injury crashes and, even more, the number of killed or severely injured. The results of this study refer to the section of road between the two ... read more

Air Pollution, Traffic Linked to Deaths, Organ Rejection in Lung Transplant Patients

Sep. 29, 2015 — For the first time, research shows that lung transplant patients in Europe who live on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die or to experience chronic organ ... read more

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