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Bicycle-Friendly Cities Are Good For Everyone

The willingness of so many city officials to move forward with plans to better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic is a sign that change really is coming. The automobile industry and some motorists may not like it, but the public is demanding bike- and pedestrian-friendly urban design. Leaders are realizing that their cities’ attractiveness—especially to […]

Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Cities: Is a New Era Upon Us?

Is the “Automobile Age” coming to an end? While this might sound like wishful thinking on the part of mass-transit, bicycling and pedestrian advocates, there is increasing consensus among urban planners that cities need to adapt to the growing demand for shared roadways, walkable neighborhoods and public spaces designed for people, not cars. From London […]

Distracted Driving: Is It Causing Declines in Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety?

Highway safety analysts use adjectives like “counter intuitive,” “shocking,” and “alarming” when referring to the fact that after three decades of overall declines in traffic fatalities, deaths resulting from road accidents have increased 14 percent over two years from 2014 to 2016. And they’re right. The truly startling aspect of this road safety downturn is […]

Bicycle Accident Claims in NY: Tips on How to Get Compensation for Damages

Any collision between a car and a bicycle is, first and foremost, a threat to the physical safety of the bike rider. After many years of decline, traffic fatalities of all kinds are on the rise – with increased smartphone use one likely culprit – and bicyclists are increasingly at risk. In 2016, 840 bicyclists […]

Biking While Intoxicated in New York

In 2006, the South Dakota State Legislature passed a law making it legal for people on bicycles (and horses!) to ride while under the influence of alcohol—because they wanted to discourage people from driving their cars home after drinking too much, and encourage “safer” options like riding their bikes or horses home. Some states do […]

Running in the Summer Heat: How to Stay Safe

Whether you are training for a race, or you like to run simply for the fitness and well-being, summer running raises two distinct safety concerns: how to keep your body from becoming overheated, dehydrated or exhausted on hot, humid days how to protect yourself from injury on roads shared by runners and motorists, particularly where […]

3 Foot Law Fails to Come to the Floor: What Next

If you’re a bicyclist, you’ve been there—hugging the shoulder of the road as tightly as you can without your tires going off the edge, while a car passes you too closely for comfort. With no specific road rules to persuade them otherwise, motorists do this all too often, whether out of negligence, indifference, or in […]

Celebrate July 4th Safely Outdoors

Next week we celebrate the Fourth of July, and with that brings street fairs, parades, and fireworks. As we enjoy all of these outdoor activities, let’s be mindful of how to stay safe as we’re walking, biking and traveling throughout public venues. Each year, about 20,000 people come out to celebrate the 4th at the […]

Capital Region Bike-Sharing Program Announces Locations

The CDPHP Cycle! bike-sharing program, a joint initiative of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), continues full steam ahead since we blogged about it earlier this year. Last week, CDTA and CDPHP announced the locations of 38 bike-share stations across the capital region. The CDPHP Cycle! program […]

Pedestrian Safety: Stay Alert Near the Ice Cream Truck

Do you remember being a child and hearing the tune of “It’s a Small World” outside your window? You knew instantly it was the ice cream man and you couldn’t wait to rush out the door to catch him. Whether you live in a residential area or on a busy street, chances are you will […]