Information related to pedestrians.

Q&A - Back Alleys

Q&A ImageFor a few months now I have been trying to locate specific information on the rules of the road pertaining to back lanes and alleyways. Simply trying to get a concrete source on the speed limit of back lanes, especially those running along school zones, has been incredibly difficult.

READING - Concern About Pedestrians and Bicyclists

TIRF LogoThe Traffic Injury Research Foundation reports that Canadians are not overly concerned about the behaviours and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists according to a public opinion poll. However, crash data and self-reported behaviour illustrate that concern is still warranted. “Pedestrians and bicyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users,” says Ward Vanlaar, TIRF researcher and lead author of the Road Safety Monitor series.

RESEARCH - Design and Evaluation of Effective Crosswalk Illumination

The City College of New York's University Transportation Research CenterIt's amazing how complicated that it can be to decide on the best way to light a crosswalk. The design must provide illumination of pedestrians so that they can be seen at night, be easy to maintain, cost effective and not cause glare that would interfere with the driving task. This study by a group of scientists from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute examines the issue and settles on fluorescent lamps mounted in bollards at each end of the crosswalk.

READING - Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Case Study Compendium

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Logo"This Case Study Compendium contains a collection of brief, original case studies developed by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Jaywalking - Cross at Your Own Risk

No JaywalkingI read the Victoria Times Colonist on line each morning and today's story about jaywalking caught my attention. After reading the story all I am left with is the feeling that the situation was poorly explained and readers were left with the impression that the police should have been doing more important things.

The Invisible Pedestrian

Walk SignalI walked part of the way to work this morning and found myself facing a young woman across a busy intersection while we waited for the traffic signal to change. She was facing me but keeping an eye on the van waiting beside her at the red light signalling a right turn. As I watched the situation unfold I was impressed with this woman's street smarts.

Watch Where You Walk

Pedestrian CrossingA man I observed in a parking lot this evening started me thinking about how little care we sometimes take when we are pedestrians. I was preparing to back out of my parking spot and had put my truck in reverse, then did a scan to the rear before I started letting up on the clutch. A male crossing behind me did not slow or even bother to look to see what my intentions were. Perhaps he didn't even think to notice that my truck was idling and the backup lights were on.

Pedestrians, Protect Yourselves!

Pedestrian CrossingThere have been a number of pedestrian deaths in the news lately that resulted from being hit by a motor vehicle. These incidents typically take place at night or when visibility is poor. Readers have reminded me that this is the time of year when the days are becoming noticeably shorter and both pedestrians and drivers need a reminder about safety.

Pedestrians & Signals

Walk SignalNo matter how quickly I react once the walk light comes on or how fast I walk, I can make it only halfway across and then the orange flashing light comes on. Vehicles proceed even though I am still on the crosswalk trying desperately to make it safely to the other side. It's impossible to keep eye contact with drivers. Many also are convinced they have a right to make the left turn even though I am still in the crosswalk, so what gives?

Motorized Wheelchairs

Motorized WheelchairI have grave concerns about the safety of those driving battery operated wheelchairs and about the dangers involved for car drivers in dealing with their activities on the road. For instance, are those wheelchairs allowed legally on the roadways?

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