The Kubera Principle

Crossing the Street Shouldn't Be Deadly (but it is)

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Crossing the street should be safe, convenient, and easy, but it isn’t. And that’s because in the US and Canada, the roads are designed for exactly one purpose: to move lots of cars as quickly as possible.

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Ontario Traffic Man – Multi-phase crossings

Signalized Intersection with Prohibited Right-turn-on-Red

When Cities Treated Cars as Dangerous Intruders

The Invention of ‘Jaywalking’

Jaywalking – Historically Speaking

When there is no such concept as ‘jaywalking’

“Distracted Pedestrians”: Distracting from the Real Issues

Historical photos of Amsterdam – Stadsarchief Amsterdam

Duurzaam Veilig Wegverkeer (Sustainable Traffic Saftey)

Rotonde op het Aalsmeerplein, gezien in zuidelijke richting naar de Henk Sneevlietweg

“Be Nice, Look Twice” – SFMTA

HAWK Pedestrian Signal – Compliance Review

Black-tailed Godwit calling

Assessing the Impact of Large-Scale Trends on Ontario’s Pedestrian Fatality Rate

Ontario’s Pedestrian Crash Causation Study

Common pedestrian accidents in Ontario

Preliminary 2020 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report

EndTheStreakTX PSA: 30 – TxDOT

For Pedestrians in Phoenix, 2021 Has Been Deadly

What are the deadliest areas for pedestrians in Arizona?

Swedish Vision Zero policies for safety

Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV)

This video contains media licensed from Getty Images

0:00 Intro
0:54 It’s about moving cars
1:39 Beg buttons
2:23 Right turn on red
3:21 Why do we all go at the same time?
4:05 Countdown timers
4:35 Traffic engineers don’t care about you
5:27 Everything is so far away
5:50 Slip lanes suuuuuuck
6:27 A wide road in Amsterdam
7:03 Smarter, independent traffic signals
8:31 Two-phase crossings
9:24 Out damned beg buttons!
9:59 Roads designed for safety, not speed
11:10 Stop signs and minor junctions
12:26 Continuous sidewalks (yay!)
14:29 Jaywalking is bullshit
17:47 The Netherlands wasn’t always like this
19:00 Mid-block zebra crossings (“Ah, Jesus!”)
20:36 Raised crossings and speed bumps
21:38 Over-engineered bullshit (HAWK crossings)
23:08 Concrete trenches in the sky (pedestrian bridges)
24:45 WTF (pedestrian crossing flags)
26:13 We know how to keep pedestrians safe, we just don’t
28:00 Conclusion
29:08 How to make the world a better place
31:08 Patreon shout-out

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