This month’s episode explores road safety strategies with Dr. David Harkey, President of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Dr. Harkey previously directed the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, and the majority of his work has focused on improving roadway design and operations for all users, including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. He discusses the new IIHS study that highlights rising pedestrian deaths and points toward solutions.
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Dr. David L. Harkey
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were over 96,000 crashes in work zones in the US in 2015. Despite work zone safety being a high priority, drivers and workers are still killed and injured at an astonishingly high rate. Technology can play a role in improving work zone safety by informing drivers of hazards ahead and directing them on what to do as they approach the work zone. GEWI is working with HERE and iCONE to show how an off-the-shelf solution can save lives by providing in-vehicle alerts on real-time work zone conditions.
Jim O’Neill, the CEO of GEWI North America, talked with Transportation Radio about GEWI is already doing in Germany and what the three companies will be demonstrating at the ITS America conference in Detroit.
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The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, released a comprehensive report in April laying out strategies to end roadway deaths in the US by 2050. It is the first time so many organizations have collaborated to put forth a plan to address motor vehicle fatalities. Road to Zero Coalition Chair Debbie Hersman and ITE Executive Director Jeff Paniati discuss the strategies and concepts outlined in the report.
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Matthew Dyrdahl, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Amber Dallman, Minnesota Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and Sarah Stewart, senior public health specialist with the Minneapolis Health Department talk about the intersection of active transportation and health in Minneapolis and beyond in Minnesota. Sponsored by Miovision.
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The Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) is a USDOT (Tier-1) University Transportation Center. As indicated by its name, CTEDD does research into transportation equity issues. Two researchers associated with the center are Dr. Diane Jones Allen of the University of Texas at Arlington and Dr. Sean Barbeau of the University of South Florida. In this podcast they talk about their research projects; “Assessment of Extreme Weather Events Under Changing Climate on Transit Desert Communities” (Allen) and “Assisting New Transit Riders, including those with Disabilities, via an App Designed for All” (Barbeau).
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Dr. Diane Jones Allen
Dr. Sean Barbeau
Megan Wier, MPH is director of the program on Health, Equity and Sustainability in the Environmental Health Branch at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she and her team develop and apply innovative approaches to using health data and evidence to inform safe, sustainable and equitable planning and policy in collaboration with local communities and government agencies. Megan co-chairs the San Francisco Vision Zero Task Force and oversees comprehensive, collaborative data systems in support of evaluation, monitoring and analysis of San Francisco’s evidence-based transportation injury prevention initiatives.
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Megan Wier, MPH
Lauren Blackburn, AICP, brings her perspective to the health and transportation discussion based upon her more than 14 years of experience in multimodal and long-range planning, with key areas of interest in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, comprehensive planning, roadway safety, and community health. In the episode, she discusses how Vision Zero can be a conduit for the relationship between the health and transportation industries, and how steps like sharing a common vocabulary can help transportation and health professionals start working together on common goals. Lauren oversaw the development of Watch for Me NC, a statewide bicycle and pedestrian safety program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and managed the state’s first comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle plan – Walk Bike NC. Lauren is currently based in VHB‘s Raleigh, NC office where she is a senior project manager.
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Lauren Blackburn, AICP