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Digital signage is a distracted driving hazard

Digital signage is a distracted driving hazard

| January 7, 2016

Even without smartphones, screaming kids, backseat drivers and in-vehicle displays, driving can be dangerous. The open road may pose one of the biggest — and, incidentally, legal — distractions of all. LED billboards, as a recent study, “A field study on the effects of digital billboards on glance behavior during highway driving,” suggests, may pose […]

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7 tips for effective road safety campaigns

7 tips for effective road safety campaigns

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Is there a science behind an effective traffic safety campaign? Not necessarily, but science does have something to say about why campaigns succeed or fail. A new study, “Persuasive appeals in road safety communication campaigns: Theoretical frameworks and practical implications from the analysis of a decade of road safety campaign materials,” offers significant guidance for how […]

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Fixing Ohio State’s absurd gameday parking fees

Fixing Ohio State’s absurd gameday parking fees

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ohio State University football fans are being asked to donate thousands of dollars if they want to be granted the privilege of buying a parking pass. The donation, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000, is in addition to the $375 parking fee, reports the Dayton Daily News. The donation requirement has actually been on the books […]

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How dangerous is distracted walking really?

How dangerous is distracted walking really?

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s a modern problem if ever there was one: Distracted walking. Walking is one of the simpler activities that most able-bodied homo sapiens are capable of doing, and we’ve managed to start doing it wrong. Distracted driving is the subject of innumerable PSAs and campaigns — for good reason. Distracted driving deserves every bit of attention […]

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The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

The top 10 trends in sustainable urban development

| July 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

Mobility, environmental protection, housing: Around the world, countries are aiming for sustainable urban development (SUD) that encompasses these, and more, vital segments of daily living. A new study, “Toward the sustainable development of urban areas: An overview of global trends in trials and policies,” from Abbas M. Hassan and Hyowon Lee, pinpoints what’s trending now […]

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Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

Black pedestrians must wait 32% longer than whites at U.S. crosswalks

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Black pedestrians may be experiencing discrimination at crosswalks, according to a new study. “Racial bias in driver yielding behavior at crosswalks” by researchers Tara Goddard, Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Arlie Adkins found that black participants were twice as likely as white participants to be passed by two-plus cars. Additionally, the found that black participants experienced a […]

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New apps for drivers contact DUI lawyers, punish bad parking, and more

New apps for drivers contact DUI lawyers, punish bad parking, and more

| June 2, 2015

An array of apps for drivers are showing up on the market, with functions that range from DUI prevention and parking policing to valet service and coin-free payment. Our latest roundup: GoParkIt GoParkIt may phase out currency, or at least pocket change, faster than BitCoin. The app lets drivers pay for their parking meters via smartphone; they […]

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Housing costs depriving U.S. economy of billions

Housing costs depriving U.S. economy of billions

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Regulations on new housing — and the resulting shortfall in supply — are costing the U.S. economy billions each year. How? A new study, “Why Do Cities Matter? Local Growth and Aggregate Growth” by Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago and Enrico Moretti of UC Berkeley, finds that income disparity in metro areas is […]

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Chicago app cage match: ParkWhiz vs. SpotHero

Chicago app cage match: ParkWhiz vs. SpotHero

| May 6, 2015

Earlier this week, the app ParkWhiz rolled out flat-rate “Simple Price Parking” at over 100 Chicago parking facilities, allowing drivers to reserve an hour of parking for just five bucks, or two hours for $10 and 12 hours for $15. “…The main goal with regards to introducing Simple Price Parking is we want to make parking […]

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Are Americans obese because they drive, or do they drive because they’re obese?

Are Americans obese because they drive, or do they drive because they’re obese?

| March 3, 2015

Call it America’s latest version on the old chicken/egg question: What came first, excessive driving or the country’s obesity problem? New research indicates that driving more than 10 miles a day hurts drivers both physically and mentally, as Business Insider reports. But this latest study is far from the only one to suggest driving has […]

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Hate crime or parking dispute? The Chapel Hill debate

Hate crime or parking dispute? The Chapel Hill debate

| February 23, 2015

In the days that followed the shootings of three Muslim students at a condominium complex in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the media have been afire with opinions on accused murderer Craig Stephen Hicks’ motives: Was his a calculated hate crime, or, as some reports have suggested, the grisly result over a dispute over parking? More […]

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