How the cities of Oslo and Helsinki cut pedestrian deaths to zero

Several major cities in the USA, such as New York, are laudably working towards the same immensely important target, known as ‘Vision Zero’.

A three-section pedestrian crossing in Oslo, Norway.
This 3-stage pedestrian crossing in Oslo goes over four lanes of traffic and tram lines, plus a bus lane, and has two safety islands to break it all up into manageable sections. (Copyright image, 2019. All rights reserved.)

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Just a Three-Foot Gap to Pass Bicyclists is Seriously Unsafe

In the past few years, some states and cities have introduced laws that there must be a gap of at least three feet when a driver passes a cyclist.  Sadly, even cycling groups are seeing this as a good thing but yet again, very disappointingly, on this subject the USA is a long way behind the world’s leading countries in road safety.

Cyclist in traffic.
Cyclists who are passing parked cars while being passed themselves are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. If the moving vehicle comes too close,  or a car door opens, or a pedestrian steps out, it is quite likely that somebody is going to get hit and get hurt. (Copyright image, 2018.)

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USA is the Only Nation to Not Sign Global Declaration on Preventing Road Deaths

Out of more than 140 attending nations, only the USA has refused to sign up to a new declaration on road safety. The so-called Stockholm Declaration was issued at the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Stockholm, Sweden, February 19–20, 2020.

Our own response to this is shown below.

A crash victim's roadside memorial.
A lonely, anonymous memorial to a road crash victim in the USA. (Copyright image, 2018.)
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Volvo Cars calls on UN delegates to address deep-rooted road safety inequality

Airbags deflating immediately after a collison. (Copyright image.)

Volvo Cars today calls on governments and regulators around the world to address a large inequality in road safety between developed and developing economies. Despite progress made in recent decades, official data shows a significant gap in the number of traffic fatalities between both categories of countries.

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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety – 2020 Roadmap Report

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer groups, health and safety organizations, and insurance companies and agents, all working together to make America’s roads safer.  Known for short just as ‘Advocates,’ it encourages adoption of federal and state laws, policies and programs that save lives and reduce injuries.

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Police Drivers are Not Above the Law: But Do they Drive Like they Are?

We damage the law enforcement profession when we drive in a careless manner [or] with disregard for the very laws we enforce.

In the middle of this dangerous little ‘platoon’ of vehicles is a state police car that is dangerously too close to the vehicle ahead of it — tailgating in bad weather conditions,  just like all of the other drivers in the group.  (Copyright photo, 2013.)

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