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Distracted Walking Can Be Dangerous
2012-01-17 12:42:54

Do you ever wear your headphones on the go, listening to your favorite music on your iPhone or your MP3 player, and unaware to the world around you? Well if you do, then you should read this: According to a new US study, serious accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones connected to their personal mobile devices such as iPods, have tripled over the past six years. An increase in the use of headphones while walking in the street has led to the dramatic rise in the number of...

2011-07-29 13:39:00

Measure a Good Step, but More Work is Needed to Enhance Community Livability CHICAGO, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making Chicago streets safer for pedestrians. Yesterday, Mayor Emanuel proposed a City ordinance that would require drivers to come to a full stop when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection with no traffic signal or stop sign, rather than just "yielding" to pedestrian traffic as the ordinance currently states. AARP applauds Mayor Emanuel...

2011-06-28 21:02:39

McGill and Concordia researchers study how weather affects pedestrian rates Canadians aren't the only people concerned with weather, eh? A new study from McGill and Concordia universities observed pedestrians in nine cities around the world and found people are less likely to walk when temperatures dip below zero, when there's too much rain or too much snow. Published in the journal Environment and Behavior, the study was conducted over 170 days from late fall to early summer. "A 5 degree...

2011-05-24 12:00:00

Programs and policies to promote safer streets and walking threatened as Congress debates renewal of federal transportation bill WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. between 2000 and 2009, and the majority of those deaths were preventable, according to a new report released today by Transportation for America. The report, "Dangerous by Design 2011: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths," shows how roadway...

2011-02-21 13:38:00

SEATTLE, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The news that more than 622 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in Washington since 2000 does not appear to deter nearly one-third of Washington drivers who, according to PEMCO Insurance's latest poll, admit to jaywalking. PEMCO's data shows that 31 percent of all Washington drivers polled admit to crossing the street outside of a crosswalk or walking before the signal indicates it's legal to proceed, despite national data that...

2011-01-05 08:02:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Federation of the Blind today commended President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (S. 841), which will protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury as a result of silent vehicle technology. "The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that this critical legislation has been signed into law, preserving the right to safe and independent travel for the blind," said Dr. Marc...

2010-12-16 14:14:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 841, The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, legislation that will provide blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians greater security when traveling in close proximity to hybrid or electric vehicles. "The passage of this legislation is momentous and marks over two years of vigorous advocacy by ACB membership that has resulted in consensus by the blind community, auto industry, and...

2010-12-16 13:51:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind today commended the United States House of Representatives for passing the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (S. 841), which will protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury as a result of silent vehicle technology. Because blind pedestrians cannot locate and evaluate traffic using their vision, they must listen to traffic to discern its speed, direction, and other attributes in order to...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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