June 29, 2007
It's Getting Safer Out There
As we approach the Independence Day holiday, it's a good time to talk about safety. I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual PDOT Safety Summit earlier this week. It's a great event where citizens can interact with PDOT staff and other agencies to brainstorm how to make life safer out on the streets.
But today I want to celebrate our successes in this area. Here are a few slides from the opening presentation demonstrating that it is in fact getting safer out there.
I'd particularly like to point out that on a trip-by-trip basis, it's safer to walk or bike than drive! I know someone will point that it's probably not so on a mile-by-mile basis, but hey, that's just one more reason to organize your life so you can take shorter and less auto-dependent trips for your daily needs.
Enjoy the 4th and be safe.
June 29, 2007 4:40 PM
I don't mind a graphic or two on the main page, but your last couple of articles have been fairly graphic intense, would you mind putting most of your graphics "below the fold" in news stories?
June 29, 2007 6:46 PM
Chris Smith Says:
July 1, 2007 3:41 AM
Frank Dufay Says:
Going from "68.9 million trips per DAY to 95.9 million trips per YEAR" would NOT reflect a 39% increase in transit ridership. That would, in fact, suggest a precipitous ridership decrease of staggering proportions...
Just wanted to let you know some people actually read this stuff...even at 3am :-)
July 2, 2007 1:45 PM
Garlynn -- undergroundscience.blogspot.com Says:
That's a really good point, about the number of crashes/injuries per trip vs. the number of crashes/injuries per mile. It's important to talk in terms of relevant numbers, and since pedestrians especially are unlikely to walk more than a mile or two anyways, a per-trip measure would be a simpler way to account for actual "time" spent out using the transportation infrastructure (since accidents/injuries, say, per hour would be more difficult to measure).