Safety

Public safety

Dangerously uninformed

I've often wondered about the actuarial approach used by auto insurance companies, but I’ve never had the data or specific insight to really question it.

How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

23 million bikeshare rides and no deaths

A Reuters article reported this astonishing statistic: 23 million rides have been taken in US bikeshare systems since 2007 with no reported fatalities.

Walkable neighborhoods improve health, safety, and social life

A meta-analysis published in Housing Policy Debate finds that extensive studies in recent years support positive claims.

Bad call: Wide streets in the name of fire safety

Fire officials often push for wider streets so that their biggest trucks can move more swiftly — but the wider streets lead to more deaths and injuries. They do this, supposedly, in the name of safety.

Good news on sprawl: It doesn't increase heart disease

Bad news: Traffic fatalities, cost of living, upward mobility, body mass index, obesity, physical activity, life expectancy, high blood pressure, diabetes.

Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.

No child left outside

A report details the mental health consequences for children of spending less time playing on their own. A mom in Texas was arrested for letting her kids play outside. The built environment is partly to blame.

The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

The tragedy of the cul-de-sac

A new study provides more confirmation that violent and accidental deaths of all kinds are more common in suburban and rural areas. The primary cause: Automobile accidents.

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