While I decided to go on foot my first day in Amsterdam, the next two were spent almost exclusively on a bike. The feeling of being on a bike felt incredibly liberating, especially with the comfort of world class facilities such as cycle tracks and separated bike paths that allowed me to get around the city efficiently, while also feeling quite safe. Evening rush hour in Amsterdam was mesmerizing—the streets were teaming with dozens upon dozens of cyclists in every direction, far more than I’ve encountered on the Hawthorne Bridge, which is among the busiest thoroughfares during rush hour in Portland. With so many bicyclists not only during rush hour but general, cycling did feel quite a bit frenzied and chaotic as an unexperienced cyclist in the Netherlands. Likewise, walking around as a pedestrian I felt like a second class citizen, having to navigate narrow sidewalks along with constant bike and moped traffic. Such conditions seem particularly challenging for younger and older age groups, as well as for people with physical disabilities.
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is designed to encourage all drivers and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other. In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a decrease of 2.3 percent from 2013 (4,692). Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total highway fatalities that year. This decrease in motorcycle fatalities continues to break a tragic trend over the last 17 years, which saw only one other decline in 2009. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2013 to 88,000 in 2014.
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Some conjectures, however, can be inferred from our findings. Countries in which the safety relevant attitudes with reference to alcohol use are poorly established, have more difficulties with institutionalising effective legal measures like alcohol limits. Being part of the explicit culture, the norms do not resonate with the implicit culture in terms of cognitive, cathectic and evaluative orientations. For example a recent evaluation of the reduction of the legal limit for blood concentration in Serbia (from 0,5 g/l to 0,3 g/l) did find only a limited effect on deadly traffic fatalities. It also found that in Serbia the emotional bonds towards the law (fear of punishment) as well as the moral standards and the levels of risk awareness are lower as compared to the European average .
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Drivers and pedestrians alike share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others on the road safe. Many strides have been made by the Federal Highway Administration to increase pedestrian safety. Infrastructure improvements have added a variety of safety measures, including more medians and redesigned roads allowing for better pedestrian/bicycle traffic flow. Here are some useful tips and guidelines to follow:
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We chose the transit mall along 6th Avenue to be our northbound bikeway for several reasons. For one, the transit mall has been recognized by the American Planning Association as one of America’s Great Streets, and providing a safe, protected bike facility would make it even better. Moreover, from its inception in 1977 to its temporary closure in 2007 to accommodate a new light rail line, the original bus mall featured a limited access car lane that forced drivers to divert and turn left every couple blocks. While it now features a thru lane for cars heading north, the design is amenable to change and the past configuration, prior to reopening in 2009, suggests that the surrounding streets in downtown Portland can handle thru traffic if 6th Avenue is restricted for cars.
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Road safety is a matter of education in which the school can play a significant role. Through scouting, Red Cross and social education classes, children can be taught the importance of observing the rules of the road. Children must be taught their limbs and lives are very valuable and they must not take risk, especially when leaving the school. As soon as the bell goes children rush out and accidents do happen. Under the circumstances the teachers must feel it their duty to regulate the traffic near the school. The police can cooperate with the school in this respect.2.1.1 Human Error One of the leading causes is driver error. These are careless and unnecessary mistakes such as falling asleep at the wheel, following other cars too closely, unsafe overtaking, speeding, not stopping at the red traffic light and other common disregards of road rules. Distractions is also linked to driver error because accidents can occur when the driver is distracted by such things as changing CDs, calling on the phone, sending or reading text messages, and even checking your make up on the mirror can all cause road accidents. Another common mistake done by drivers is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.April is distracted driving awareness month. Rather than list the reasons why this staggering public safety issue deserves your attention, Traffic Safety Store got some help from designer, . The infographic below can help you explain to friends, loved ones and coworkers, why putting down the cellphone is a MUST.Forester has argued that “cyclists fare best when they act as, and are treated as, operators of vehicles”, not on separated bikeways which he believes are inherently dangerous. The primary argument in maintaining non-separate facilities is that it allows for greater visibility of cyclists on the roadways. This is particularly key for avoiding ‘right hook’ collisions, where cyclists on separate pathways face ongoing danger from cars making a right turn from an approach behind the cyclists. While in theory a legitimate concern that may justify some of the intentions of vehicular cycling, any perceived sense of greater safety in VC is countered with historical experience from Europe, which has for the last 40+ years led the way in engineering solutions that prioritize separate facilities for cyclists. The current Dutch Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic contains demanding standards that nowadays makes separated bike paths the norm. For bikes to operate in mixed traffic, the speed limit of the rode must be 30 km/h or less, traffic volume should be 5,000 motor vehicles/day or less, and the road should have no car lanes marked, including no center line.