The Texas Department of Transportation has confirmed that the City of Austin will install six new pedestrian crossings, or hybrid beacons, by the end of the year (one of those six is pending TxDOT approval). These beacons, also known as PHBs, are flashing crosswalks that stop traffic for pedestrians on a busy street. The following […]
After Austin experienced 102 traffic deaths in 2015, setting a new record, the city was included in the Vision Zero Focus Cities program, joining Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. Getting its start in Sweden in October of 1997, Vision Zero is a national traffic safety program that tries to reduce or completely eliminate traffic […]
Traffic accidents in Austin are at an all-time high. So far this year, traffic accidents have caused 81 deaths – making 2015 one of the deadliest years on record. What’s even more troubling is that one-third of those fatalities involved pedestrians, which is double the national average. In order to prevent accidents involving pedestrians, and […]
This time last year there were 9 pedestrians killed by motor vehicle accidents in Austin. This year, 22 have been killed. A spokesman for the Austin Police Department vehicular homicide division has stated that people “just aren’t paying attention in general.” Sometimes it’s the pedestrian. However, sometimes it’s a distracted or drunk driver.
The capital city of Austin, Texas, has a population of nearly 900,000, which means that on any given day its roadways are filled with people who are driving as well as pedestrians who are walking to their destinations. In the past few years, attention has become increasingly focused on those who walk due to the boom […]
Technology junkies already know that Apple plans to increase the size of new phones, making it easier for people to read text on their screens and utilize content. The change is welcomed by many, but some have pointed out that the change could contribute to an already growing problem—distracted driving and distracted walking. Distracted driving […]
Pedestrian safety is an important issue in Texas, particularly given the fact that Texas is among the states with the greatest number of pedestrian traffic fatalities, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. As school starts back up this fall and more child pedestrians are present on our roads once again, the issue of pedestrian […]