How Likely You Are to Get Killed by a Car, Depending on Its Speed

It’s simple physics really: The faster a car is going when it hits you, the more likely you’re going to get killed. But there’s a correlation between the speed of the car and the likelihood you’ll be killed, especially when you take age into consideration. Just 5 mph can make a dramatic difference in whether you live or die. Read More >>

Google Patented a Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies

Google loves to brag about how its self-driving cars and their ability to save lives by being really good at not crashing into things. But crashes do still happen, and when they do, Google apparently has a backup plan: human flypaper. Read More >>

Smartphones Aren’t Killing Pedestrians

Every few months we get to read the same misinformed story about “distracted walking” — how pedestrians are too busy looking at their phones to safely walk across the street. But Facebook updates aren’t the real problem here. Read More >>

Why Countdown Clocks for Pedestrians Cause Crashes

As a frequent traveller by foot, I love countdowns at crosswalks. They tell me whether I should wait two seconds or leisurely walk across in 15. And indeed, these countdowns do make pedestrians safer. But it turns out that countdowns actually cause more crashes between cars. Here's why. Read More >>

150 Years Ago, People Watched Competitive Walking Instead of Football

If it was 1874, instead of hitting your local football ground, you'd be grabbing a few friends and heading to a competitive walking match. Yes, walking was an American national pastime, according to author Matthew Algeo: "Watching people walk was America's favourite spectator sport." Read More >>

London Trialling “Intelligent” Pedestrian Crossings to Protect Dawdling Tourists

Transport for London has announced a plan to launch a new form of pedestrian crossing in the city, with the Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique using cameras to count how many people are waiting to cross and adjusting its timings accordingly. Read More >>

Can Radar and RFID Stop Drivers From Killing Cyclists?

Last month, London reached a grim milestone: Six cyclists were killed within 14 days, sparking a massive "die-in" protest. London isn't alone; 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in NYC last year. The rapidly rising death toll is spurring a race to build a technology to warn drivers before they hit someone on foot or bike. Read More >>