The great smog of London in 1952 was so bad that pedestrians couldn't even see their feet. Some of the 4,000 who died in the 5 days it lasted didn't suffer lung problems – they fell into the Thames and drowned because they could not see the river theguardian.com/environme…
In 2001 on Kensington High Street they removed the barriers preventing pedestrians from straying into the street where they're not supposed to and the number of pedestrian accidents dropped by 60%. The theory is that drivers were more aware and pedestrians took more responsibility. theguardian.com/artanddes…
Some crows in Japan are known to drop walnuts on pedestrian crosswalks, wait for cars to crack the nuts by running them over, and then wait until the next light to safely eat the cracked nuts. bbc.com/earth/storyoflife…
The Laguna GarzΓ³n Bridge in Uruguay is designed as a circle, over the water. Its design forces drivers to slow down and to allow for pedestrian access along the one-way circular route, including crosswalks that allow pedestrian access to either the inner or outer sidewalks of the circle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag…
Crows in Japan learned to crack walnuts by dropping them in a crosswalk. the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts. After the lights turn green the vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. when it’s time to cross again, the crow join the pedestrians and pick up their meal. pbs.org/lifeofbirds/brain…
A US Department of Transport study found that allowing right-turns on red lights increased pedestrian and cyclist accidents by up to 107% and 123% respectively en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In Britain, drivers can be fined up to Β£5,000 if they are caught driving through a puddle which causes a pedestrian to be splashed. nottinghampost.com/news/m…
The Longest Pedestrian Bridge in The World: Charles Kounen Suspension Bridge: The bridge became the longest pedestrian bridge in the world in 2017 with a span of 1,621 feet (494 m) after the previous bridge was destroyed by falling rocks in 2010. The trip to cross the bridge take about 10 mins zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attra…
SUVs, with their higher front-end profile, are at least twice as likely as cars to kill pedestrians; higher SUV sales have led to huge increase in pedestrian fatalities in the US during the past decade freep.com/story/money/car…
β€œJaywalking” was invented by car companies in the early 1900’s to shift blame for accidents from motorists to pedestrians bbc.com/news/magazine-260…
The term and concept of "jay-walking" was introduced in the 1920's by the auto industry as part of a propaganda campaign to claim the roads for cars and shift the blame in accidents from cars to pedestrians. At the time "Jay" was a slur with a similar meaning to "redneck" or "hillbilly." bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
In the UK, it is an offence to β€œdrive through a puddle causing pedestrians to be splashed”. theworldnews.net/gb-news/…
In 1946, a man claiming to be a detective gave a pedestrian a camera and asked her to take a picture of a suspect. The "detective" turned out to be a gangster, the "suspect" turned out to be his ex-wife, and the "camera" turned out to be a concealed shotgun firing via the shutter button. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
In 2013 the city of Karlskoga made their policies gender neutral and switched their snow removal to clearing pedestrian paths first as women use these more. There was no cost to make this change and they saw a reduction in injuries and lost productivity due to injuries in slippery conditions. includegender.org/gender-…
Some crows have evolved the ability to drop hard-shelled nuts onto roads and wait for cars to crack them open. Some have even figured out that dropping them onto pedestrian crossings can give them the safety of retrieving the nut without getting run over. youtube.com/watch?v=NenEd…
Winnipeg has a Skywalk System, a network of pedestrian skyways and tunnels connecting a significant portion of downtown. It provides year-round climate-controlled access to over 200 shops, 700 apartment units, 2 hotels, and 11 financial centres en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, two Swedish identical twins who in 2008 suffered from folie Γ  deux (or "shared psychosis") in London and went on a rampage that involved assaulting police, pedestrians and eventually murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urs…
There was a proposal to make Ottawa's Rideau Street enclosed in a continuous glass-and-steel structure. The heated mall was expected to allow pedestrians to shop in comfort year-round. However, the downside was that it attracted large numbers of vagrants and late-night drinkers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
In 1815 London a carnival of debauchery and drunkenness arose, complete with dog fighting and acrobats, to service the crowds that had gathered to witness the most Pedestrian of events. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883, the public doubted the stability of the bridge. Six days later, a pedestrian fell, causing a woman to scream, which led to a stampede that killed 12. Public concern was only dispelled a year later when P.T. Barnum marched 21 elephants across it. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
In 1998, the City of Des Moines, Iowa rejected a pedestrian bridge design for being "too modern." The design was based on plans made by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1504. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veb…
There is a mathematical "game" called the homicidal chauffer problem, in which a driver in a fast but slow-turning car tries to run over a slower pedestrian who has more freedom of motion. It is used to improve missile guidance systems. pdfs.semanticscholar.org/…
In Germany in 2014, Pong was added to some traffic lights for pedestrians across the road to play with eachother. It's known as 'StreetPong'. thisiscolossal.com/2014/1…
Today I learned of the Wave of Death. When drivers inadvertently wave pedestrians into harm's way when forgoing their right of way out of politeness. windsorstar.com/news/cana…
Today I learned about the Wobbly Bridge in London. In June 2000 pedestrians walking across the new Millennium Bridge unconsciously synced up their steps with the bridge's natural movement, causing it to sway more than intended. Fearing collapse, engineers closed the bridge for 2 years to address the problem. youtu.be/gQK21572oSU
In US they use white color for Walking man (Walk) sign at pedestrian crossings as opposed to green color in most of the world transportist.org/2015/09/…
Jaywalking is not illegal in the UK, and that while pedestrian crossings are plentiful, they are not compulsory to use. Ultimately, it is seen as the personal responsibility of the individual to make a sound enough judgement to cross safely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay…
The first pedestrian ever killed by a car was one Bridget Driscoll. She was hit by a car traveling at speed of 4mph. londonist.com/2015/06/lon…
A man was admitted into a psychiatric facility for believing he was inside GTA. He had been arrested for stealing motor vehicles and assaults to pedestrians with weapons randomly. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Kirkpatrick MacMillan, who invented the bicycle (disputed) also has the first recorded instance of a bicycle traffic offense, when he knocked over a pedestrian in Glasgow and was fined 5 shillings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
By 1880, horses in New York City deposited four million pounds of manure on city streets every day. In dry weather it would turn to fecal dust and choke pedestrians. Vacant lots were filled with the waste; these manure piles would rise up to 60 feet high. escholarship.org/uc/item/…
In Prague there's a street so narrow it has traffic lights for pedestrians. Once a German tourist got stuck and had to be soaped up in order to slide out. amusingplanet.com/2015/10…
The The Saharan silver ant could clock nearly a metre per second, walking as fast than a pedestrian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sah…
Today I learned of Death Avenue, the nickname for Eleventh Avenue in NYC throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. In an attempt to warn pedestrians, the railroads hired cowboys to ride in front of incoming trains waving a red flag. The nickname remained until an elevated track opened in 1934 thehighline.org/blog/2015…
Residents of Churchill, Manitoba leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears outsideonline.com/1910881…
In only three U.S. states is it a felony offense to maim or fatally injure a biker or pedestrian if you are behind the wheel of a car while not under the influence. In nearly every state, getting police or the courts to prosecute a negligent driver for harming a cyclist is a serious challenge. nextcity.org/features/vie…
Tom Cruise once witnessed a unknown pedestrian get hit by a car that fled the scene, summoned an ambulance, followed it, and paid the victim's $7K emergency room bill once he discovered she was uninsured. people.com/people/archive…
Elaine Herzberg was the first pedestrian to ever be killed by a self-driving car. On March 18, 2018, Herzberg was pushing a bicycle across a four-lane road when she was struck by an Uber test vehicle. She later died in the hospital from her injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
After a female pedestrian in his community was killed by a red-light runner, a 74 year old Chinese man spent an entire day hurling bricks at bad drivers. He smashed over 30 red-light runners' cars before the police asked him to stop. chinadaily.com.cn/china/2…
In Uber's 2018 fatal self-driving car accident the system mis-identified the pedestrian and didn't act to avoid the accident. The car's emergency braking system could have acted at the last second, but that system had been disabled. theverge.com/2018/5/24/17…
The UK has multiple types of pedestrian crossings named after animals, including zebra, toucan, pelican, puffin, and pegasus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
On October 6th, 1909, a new ambulance in Vancouver was sent out on it's first test drive and immediately hit and killed a pedestrian. vancouversun.com/news/loc…
8 of the 10 most dangerous US cities for pedestrians are in Florida. nextcity.org/daily/entry/…
Internationalized ECE auto safety regulations have also recently incorporated pedestrian-protection provisions restricting protuberances from car bodies, making it more difficult and expensive to design compliant pop-up headlamps. The last time they appeared on a volume-production car was 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hid…
A teenager killed four pedestrians while drunk driving and was given no prison time by claiming affluenza: a mental illness from being too wealthy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aff…
Uber Technologies has filed a patent on how self-driving cars might communicate with pedestrians. The patent title is "Light output system for a self-driving vehicle." The patent looks at how flashing lights and signs on the outside of self-driving cars might tell pedestrians what is happening. techxplore.com/news/2018-…
In 2017 a 16 year old Aussie teenager drove around Melbourne in a fake 'emergency' truck modded with over $100K worth of gear. He responded to emergencies on the road, going undetected for a long period of time having fooled authorities, pedestrians and other traffic. news.com.au/national/vict…
The person who invented the stop sign, the pedestrian crosswalk, the traffic circle, the one-way street, the taxi stand, and pedestrian safety islands, William Phelps Eno, never learned how to drive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The Netherlands is known today as a haven for pedestrians and cyclists, however, in the 1970s, a growing epidemic of traffic deaths led to a national movement called 'Stop the Child Murder.' The results transformed the public spaces and street into some of the safest in the world. bbc.com/news/magazine-235…
A pedestrian scramble is a type of traffic signal movement that stops all vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to cross an intersection in every direction, including diagonally, at the same time. Research shows it can reduce pedestrian casualties by 38%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…

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