How Do Bicyclists Defend Against Distracted Driving?

As if we hadn’t had enough disturbing news about distracted driving and the upward trend in bicycle and pedestrian traffic fatalities, last month the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that fatal hit-and-run crashes have reached the highest point on record in 2016, having increased by 61 percent since 2009 (more than 7 percent every […]

Ticket The Messenger: Cracking Down On Texting While Driving

Driving while talking on a cellphone? The consensus is that this activity is distracting—and therefore potentially dangerous—although reasonable people can (and do) debate the degree of danger it poses, especially while the call is in progress and the driver’s eyes are focused on the road ahead. Texting while driving is even worse. There also is […]

A ‘Crash’ Course in the Language of Automobile Safety

A car collides with another car, or with a pedestrian, bicycle, or streetlight. Is it an accident, or a crash? Some people don’t think it’s an important distinction to make. If you agree, and don’t think the word choice matters, consider this take on the history of how manufacturers learned to tilt the language of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Accidents: What are Your Rights if You’ve Been Injured?

Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced a $15 million investment for improvements to Route 787 in Cohoes that will enhance safety while creating a pedestrian-friendly gateway to the city. This is an important step in helping make one of our busiest Capital Region roadways safer. And these improvements are desperately needed. On average, New Yorkers […]

Is Jaywalking Really a Crime?

You may be wondering: just exactly what is jaywalking? Merriam Webster defines it as follows: “to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic.” Ok, so what constitutes “an illegal manner”? According to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, if there aren’t any crosswalks, signs or signals, the […]

The 3-Foot Law: Why NYS Needs It

As we continue to celebrate May as National Bike Safety Month, and this week as Bike to Work Week, we encourage everyone to consider keeping the car at home and using two wheels to get into the office. And we encourage motorists to remember to share the road, not only because it keeps everyone safer, […]

Use Your Head: Bike Helmet Safety

National Bike Month is being celebrated throughout May so it’s the perfect time to talk about a fundamental element of riding safety: wearing a bike helmet. As more and more of us share the road, whether driving, riding a bike, walking or jogging, more potential exists for accidents and injuries. According to the National Highway […]

Why Car “Crash” Instead of Car “Accident”

In the last 50 years, automobile fatalities have increased year after year. The National Safety Council reported that deadly incidents rose by nearly 8% in 2015 alone. Despite the severity of these events, many still label these as car “accidents.” Now more than ever before, there is a large push from safety advocates, federal officials, […]