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2010-10-25 13:41:35

The annual Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating is a good time to teach children the importance of incorporating walking into a daily routine to increase physical activity, said an expert at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. "It's a good opportunity to walk around the neighborhood as a family and, if you enjoy it, consider incorporating it into your daily family routine," said Dr. Jason Mendoza, a pediatrician and assistant professor of...

2010-10-05 08:17:00

International Walk to School Day Activities Mark 11 Years of FedEx Support of Safe Kids Worldwide WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grants totaling $400,000 will be awarded by Safe Kids Worldwide to participants this October for its pedestrian safety program called Safe Kids Walk This Way, now in its eleventh year. Program sponsor FedEx will provide the grant funding for local environmental improvements and recognition of International Walk to School Day. "Improved...

2010-02-25 10:00:00

Pedestrian Safety Bill Gains Two-Hundredth Cosponsor WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, H.R. 734, gained its two-hundredth cosponsor today. The bill, which has been championed by the National Federation of the Blind, is intended to protect blind and other pedestrians from injury or death as a result of silent vehicle technology. Because blind pedestrians cannot locate and evaluate traffic using their vision, they must listen to...

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2009-11-10 06:15:00

American pressure groups came together on Monday to push authorities to invest more money in health and reducing greenhouse emissions. However, it is not health care reform or cap-and-trade that they are seeking. They are calling on the state and local authorities to dole out some extra money to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, reported AFP. The groups believe that if towns and cities were designed to be more accommodating for walking and bike riding, such measures could...

2009-09-02 07:00:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, today reached a major pedestrian milestone, adding Johannesburg, South Africa as the 100th city to NAVTEQ Discover Cities. Adding Johannesburg to NAVTEQ Discover Cities was a natural development, given the importance of this city as a major tourist destination in 2010 and beyond. In fact, many newly developed areas and...

2009-07-08 10:19:00

COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 4, 2009, the Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Traffax Inc. with the assistance of Transportation Perspectives Inc. collaborated in the demonstration and test of a breakthrough technology to measure vehicle and pedestrian traffic flows during special events and emergency evacuations. The technology, developed at the University of Maryland and commercialized by Traffax, is based on the use of Bluetooth wireless...

2009-04-22 10:22:00

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Measure to Protect Lives and Preserve Independence of Blind Americans WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) today introduced a bill, S. 841, intended to protect the blind and other pedestrians from injury or death as a result of silent vehicle technology. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on how to protect the blind...

2008-12-11 13:40:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 112,000 pedestrians and cyclists were injured and nearly 5,800 killed in traffic crashes in 2006. With new technology, the automotive industry hopes to help reduce those numbers. (See video from General Motors (NYSE: GM) at: http://media.medialink.com/WebNR.aspx?story=36063) General Motors has been developing a two-way communications technology called V2P, or vehicle to pedestrian...

2008-08-02 12:00:23

By Pat Reavy Deseret News SOUTH SALT LAKE -- In an effort to make motorists more aware of pedestrians and to increase safety for people crossing busy streets, police here Wednesday conducted a special crosswalk-enforcement effort. For four hours, South Salt Lake police officer Swen Heinberg, dressed in shorts and flip-flops, crossed 2700 South at 430 East, in a crosswalk. Standing in the shadows away from the street were two officers observing, keeping track of the violations and radioing...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By Pat Reavy Deseret News SOUTH SALT LAKE -- In an effort to make motorists more aware of pedestrians and to increase safety for people crossing busy streets, police here Wednesday conducted a special crosswalk enforcement effort. For four hours, South Salt Lake police officer Swen Heinberg, dressed in shorts and flip-flops, crossed 2700 South at 430 East, in a crosswalk. Standing in the shadows away from the street were two officers observing, keeping track of the violations and radioing...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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