Well, it won’t be announced with quite the same enthusiasm as the first baby born in Sudbury in 2018, but the police have reported that the first collision with a pedestrian of the year has occurred. It occurred at some point before 3:48pm on January 4, 2018 on LaSalle Blvd, near Somers Street. Judging by… Continue reading It’s a New Year. First Pedestrian struck on LaSalle Blvd.
2017 was a big year for pedestrians and cyclists in Sudbury. The city installed a bunch of new pedestrian crossovers, initiated a leading pedestrian interval at Kathleen and Notre Dame, and the new active transportation coordinator started getting some serious results as far as infrastructure improvements including new, and improved, cycling infrastructure on Paris Street.… Continue reading 2017 Pedestrian Safety Recap
Biking to work one morning I noticed that Lorne Street was reduced to just one lane in each direction, and it had no effect on traffic flow. This confirmed a suspicion I’ve had for a while that we could easily convert two of Lorne’s car lanes into bike lanes and a sidewalk for the east… Continue reading Lorne Needs To Go On A Diet
LORNE STREET – At last night’s Ward 1 Community Action Network meeting Councillor Mark Signoretti let us know that city staff are working to find a way to incorporate cycling infrastructure into the rebuilt Lorne St. However, his comments were not encouraging. He repeated staff’s claim that bike lanes on the north side of… Continue reading Lorne Street CAN Update
Sudbury is a university town, and it’s often called a great place to raise a family, but a recent report says drivers hit people aged 15-24 more often than any other age group in the city. In this guest post Ernst Gerhardt looks at the troubling statistics and critiques the city’s approach to solving this problem.… Continue reading Making Sense of Sudbury’s Collision Stats (guest post)
As of today I have finished entering all of the date, time and location data from the Greater Sudbury Police Response to my Freedom of Information request into my master Excel spreadsheet. Some kind folks have helped me recover about 79% of the cost of the FOI request by the way (thanks!), so if you’d like… Continue reading FOI Progress Report – Mar. 20, 2016
We’re seeing more pedestrian push-buttons installed in Sudbury, but what happens if they break? And who benefits from these buttons anyway? A “Pedestrian-actuated signal” is a signal that only changes if you press a button. This is similar to the “vehicle actuated signal”, which only changes when a vehicle approaches an intersection and triggers a sensor… Continue reading Please Press For Service
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) wants the world to know about the hazards of distracted walking. Distracted walking is, of course, walking while using a cell phone, or listening to music, or talking to a friend, or walking a dog, or doing anything that might reduce your ability to avoid walking into something, or tripping… Continue reading Car-makers Blaming Pedestrians, Again?
My goal for today was to set up an excel spreadsheet for all the collision data I have in a way that would allow me to easily tally the frequency of collisions at each location or on a each street. This took forever. It’s been a long time since I used excel in a complex way,… Continue reading Wrestling with Excel