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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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References & further reading:

Ontario Traffic Man – Multi-phase crossings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSnSeyG74fw

Signalized Intersection with Prohibited Right-turn-on-Red
http://www.cmfclearinghouse.org/detail.cfm?facid=4579#commentanchor
http://www.cmfclearinghouse.org/study_detail.cfm?stid=297

When Cities Treated Cars as Dangerous Intruders
https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/when-cities-treated-cars-as-dangerous-intruders/

The Invention of ‘Jaywalking’
https://marker.medium.com/the-invention-of-jaywalking-afd48f994c05

Jaywalking – Historically Speaking
https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/jaywalking/

When there is no such concept as ‘jaywalking’
https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/when-there-is-no-such-concept-as-jaywalking/

“Distracted Pedestrians”: Distracting from the Real Issues
https://visionzeronetwork.org/distracted-pedestrians-distracting-from-the-real-issues/

Historical photos of Amsterdam – Stadsarchief Amsterdam
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/1aa413df-b9e5-e633-ca99-d9dd319bb8b7
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/5831aa8b-b402-10bc-c065-b2ba800da6db
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/f32d73a7-17b0-bd80-7942-74ba69b0bcd3
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/75e1fc61-17e8-f731-b7ca-0bd9c95cc1f4
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/5c6148a8-8cdb-2515-42e7-3bdb5c1432af
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/c76bcf23-7349-8d1d-6f2d-b27512dddf8f

Duurzaam Veilig Wegverkeer (Sustainable Traffic Saftey)
https://swov.nl/nl/factsheet/duurzaam-veilig-wegverkeer

Rotonde op het Aalsmeerplein, gezien in zuidelijke richting naar de Henk Sneevlietweg
https://archief.amsterdam/beeldbank/detail/e24ca0b2-f0a0-85e7-2888-d6f12e8a60ac

“Be Nice, Look Twice” – SFMTA
https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/safety/safety-education-campaigns/pedestrian-safety

Αναζήτηση στο Ελληνικό Internet

https://www.12news.com/article/traffic/pedestrian-fatalities-in-the-us-reach-four-decade-high-see-where-arizona-stands/75-03c99af3-5f9d-4184-8f19-2e7bfe5f7f79

HAWK Pedestrian Signal – Compliance Review
https://deldot.gov/Programs/DSHSP/pdfs/OtherPedProjects/HAWK_Study_Report_May2020.pdf

Black-tailed Godwit calling
Birdfun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnXXqHaoWgs

Assessing the Impact of Large-Scale Trends on Ontario’s Pedestrian Fatality Rate
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0361198121999625

Ontario’s Pedestrian Crash Causation Study
https://trid.trb.org/view/1759830

Common pedestrian accidents in Ontario
https://injured.ca/what-are-the-most-common-pedestrian-accidents-in-ontario/

Preliminary 2020 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report
https://files.ontario.ca/mto-3/mto-preliminary-orsar-2020-en-2021-11-18.pdf

EndTheStreakTX PSA: 30 – TxDOT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78y5a_whhnc

For Pedestrians in Phoenix, 2021 Has Been Deadly
https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/for-pedestrians-in-phoenix-2021-has-been-especially-deadly-12263810

What are the deadliest areas for pedestrians in Arizona?
https://www.azcentral.com/pages/interactives/news/local/arizona-data/where-arizona-pedestrians-hit-car-crash-death/

Swedish Vision Zero policies for safety
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753517309013

Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV)
https://swov.nl/en

This video contains media licensed from Getty Images


Chapters
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

Written by Tracy Hicks

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