With the sharp increase in traffic fatalities in 2015 (35,092 a 7.2% increase) — this is getting some extra attention, e.g. the Fastlane blog said on Aug 29, 2016: “2015 Traffic Fatalities Data Has Just Been Released: A Call to Action to Download and Analyze”. The big data news here is that PBCAT data has reappeared, and the 2014 and 2015 datasets released today both have a PBtable. PBCAT data is important because it give much more granular information about bicyclist (and pedestrian) fatalities. Continue reading 2014 and 2015 Arizona Bicyclist Fatalities
Bicyclist Brett Karrle was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash, Monday 10/10/2016 mid-afternoon.
Catalina Highway, south of Fort Lowell Rd, in Tucson, AZ (I can’t find that on google maps?). Presumably hit from behind but there are no details in the reporting.
The driver fled the scene, and was later located a short time later and arrested on hit/run and aggravated assault charges (suspected impairment).
Chandler residents Cruz and Annamarie Contreras were among the 4 pedestrians killed (plus more injured) in a park when a pickup driver lost control and crashed in San Diego / Coronado.
The driver was also injured and arrested for DUI causing death/injury. Continue reading Driver kills 4, injures 9 in horrific crash
fatal victim: female. Northbound on Arizona Avenue near Ryan Road.
This is only a couple of miles from the scene of another fatality in April on Riggs Road near Arizona Ave. Donald Neu was struck and killed by a driver who “drifted” into the rather wide, designated BL.
I don’t know what “criminal charges are possible” means.
Apparently a driver failed to negotiate the turn from E Ranch Circle South onto Mountain Sage Drive.
According to unconfirmed reports it was “a bunch of high school kids”; sometime during the day September 28, 2016.
This was apparently PDO, but unfortunately sometimes when drivers do these maneuvers, there’s somebody walking on the sidewalk and they end up killing them.
The City of Tempe installed a bike box on the east side of 10th Street at Mill Ave. Note that in that google street view, there is already a bike box on the west side of the same intersection, installed by ASU according to the news item (apparently ASU and not the City of Tempe has jurisdiction over that piece of 10th street?). Continue reading City of Tempe tests ‘Bike Box’
The drumbeat to encourage bicyclists to always wear “hi-viz” (hi-vis, high-visibility, fluorescent) colored clothing — even in daylight — seems to become louder and louder. But it appears there is scant evidence suggesting any measurable safety improvement. The best I get when asking what evidence exists is something along the lines of “it can’t hurt”. (this has echos of the never-ending helmet wars; helmet’s claimed safety improvements have been overstated, sometimes vastly, over the years) Continue reading Hi-viz clothing and safety
9/23/2016 ~ 11am. Victim: ??
near 35th Ave and Van Buren, west of downtown Phoenix.
9/23/2016 just before 6AM. Victim: male in his 40s,
A cyclist collided with a cement truck 24th Street at the Loop 202 in central Phoenix. No details were released at this time
- specific location?
- direction of bicyclist?
- direction of motorist? (the w/b exit ramp of 202 was closed)
- lighting conditions; sunrise is 6:18a, so the collision occurred before that?
Google autonomously driven cars have been rolling in Chandler, AZ for a couple of months now.
There was a fairly long story in the AZ Republic today, Three crashes so far with Google self-driving cars in Chandler.
Three crashes in a month seems like a lot, though none implicated autonmous driving mode — all three involved poor (human) drivers.
The incidents according to the story: Continue reading Three crashes so far with Google self-driving cars in Chandler