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Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
3/4/2014 5:08:33 AM
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Re: Crossing while texting
That sounds like an experiment worth pursuing, Nicole. Although it does seem like people on their gadgets have a remarkable ability to tune out external noises and activity. I wonder if an additional voice speaking to them from an approaching bus is going to be able to pierce that bubble.

Hope so. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
3/3/2014 2:05:07 PM
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Re: Crossing while texting
I thought it was worth highlighting here that Portland is experimenting -- not for the first time -- with an audible pedestrian warning system on its buses. Apparently an initial trial in 2011 didn't go so well, but the tech supplier -- TriMet -- says that the technology has advanced. Here's the full story.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
2/1/2014 2:55:26 PM
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Cameras
For instance in my home town it was found that 95% of all speeding tickets where given for one stretch of road. That stretch of road does not have cameras. THe roads with cameras just cause small sections where people crawl along at 30 then speed up after, which means you spend time looking at your speedo (for those of us without cruise control) than you do looking at the road. Far more effective to have low speed rumblers that mean you have to slow down or you will damage your car. I just feel in the UK that cameras are there to make revenue and dont do that much good, except in certain cases such as near schools. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/31/2014 10:13:49 AM
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Re: Great summary. Here's hoping...
I thought it was worth noting that, according to NY1, "nearly a thousand drivers have been ticketed" in NYC since the speed cameras started sending out tickets as of January 16th.

Bear in mind, only six of these cameras have been installed thus far.

What does this say about the state of speeding in this city?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:05:38 PM
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Re: Ahh Pedestrains
The three-foot rule when it comes to driving has always confused me... it's really hard to tell how many feet you are away from anything while you're behind the wheel of a car. Better to just separate bike lanes from car lanes as much as possible... even if it's with plastic cones... anything is better than a bike lane that cars can just swerve in and out of.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:03:56 PM
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Re: Great summary. Here's hoping...
Resurgent: That was my thinking too... a few lives saved is always worth it, IMO.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:02:09 PM
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Re: Crossing while texting
"If people uses a WALK AND TYPE app, the world really needs help!"

Just made me laugh out loud, thanks! I couldn't agree more. Please people, get a grip!

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 6:01:34 PM
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Re: sensors for crossing
I know I put them in this write-up, but I think it's worthwhile for us to debate the usefulness of speed cameras, especially given that the data is a bit fuzzy on whether or not they really promote safer crossing. I don't really see them as a negative, but I'm happy to debate it.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 5:58:04 PM
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Re: Crossing while texting
PostSandy: I've been guilty of the same, and it's a tough habit to break. In addition to being careful to not walk into traffic, we also need to stay aware of our devices and belongings. Forgive me if you've heard this one before, but a couple of years ago while walking around with my head down toward my iPhone someone came along on a bike and snatched it from my hands. That taught me to be more attentive... but I still slip and look down at my Google Map sometimes. :)

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 5:55:19 PM
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Re: Ahh Pedestrains
Davedgreat: I'm pretty surprised that they didn't come around collecting anyway. Lucky for her! A small gift from the universe.

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