The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published every week on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.
Bloomberg Funds Road Safety in World Cities
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization will donate $125 million over the next five years to programs to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low- and middle-income countries. Traffic fatalities are a major cause of preventable death globally—in the top 10 with killers such as heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Bloomberg’s foundation plans to help promote tougher drunken-driving laws, train traffic police and improve seat-belt use in urban areas.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Virginia County Approves Use of School Bus Stop Arm Cameras
Drivers in Arlington, Virginia who speed past school buses when their flashing red stop signs are extended will soon be caught on camera and fined $250. The Arlington County board approved a policy on Tuesday night to install high-resolution cameras on the “stop arms” of school buses to catch drivers who don’t stop to protect children.
7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians
It’s difficult to retrofit existing cities and suburbs for pedestrian ease and safety if redevelopment projects don’t present an opportunity to change up the infrastructure, but small-scale interventions can make a difference. “There are ways to get better. You don’t have to go right from suburbia to Manhattan in one fell swoop,” says Benjamin Grant, an urban design program manager at SPUR who helped write the guidelines. “There are steps you can take to improve the walkability of the environment in modest ways that have a real impact on the ground.” An article from Wired present seven tips for improving pedestrian safety in any city.
New Jersey Poll: Red-light Safety Cameras Should Stay
New Jersey residents appear to want red-light safety cameras to stick around, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Of those polled, 58 percent want the cameras to either continue to be used in a limited capacity or to be expanded to every municipality in the state, while only 39 percent do not want the five-year pilot program to be continued when it expires at the end of the year.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Wants to End Pedestrian Death
Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, released a report that looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights to account for the amount of time it takes people to cross streets. Among the proposals are increased use of technology to help motorists find parking spaces, a major investment in the Automatic Traffic and Surveillance Control street signal program, promoting the use of bicycles around the city and expanded bus services to encourage people to get out of their cars.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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