CBS This Morning: Distraction On The Dashboard!

It’s not just about texting while driving…and it’s getting worse all the time. Car manufacturers are touting the comforts and tech of a living room experience inside your new car. And yet there’s continued victim blaming of pedestrians texting while walking?

Are high-tech dashboards the new culprit in distracted driving?

A just-released study looks at how new in-car technology is taking our eyes off the road. Consumer Reports focuses on vehicle “infotainment systems,” including touch screens and controllers on the dashboard.

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The End Of Car Ownership

As it becomes less desirable and inconvenient to own a car in US cities, Asbury Park will be on the cutting edge.  Asbury Park will have electric car share, plus several other transportation options.

‘Peak Car’ and the End of an Industry

In Germany—the birthplace of the modern automobile—carmakers are anticipating the day when people stop owning cars.

“If I’m truly honest with myself, then owning a car is too expensive with all these alternatives around…”
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Lowering Speed Limit Works

Encouraging study shows that lowering speed limit helps reduce speeding.  Asbury Park will be reducing speed the limit city-wide.

Study: Lowering the Speed Limit … Works To Reduce Speeding

“Here’s some encouraging news for cities trying to reduce speeding: New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that lowering posted speed limits appears to be effective at reducing driver speeds.

The IIHS study compared speeds before and after Boston lowered its speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in January, 2017 — and the results were clear: “Vehicles exceeding 25 mph, 30 mph, and 35 mph all declined at sites in Boston, with the largest reduction in proportions of vehicles exceeding 35 mph,” wrote the study authors Wen Hu and Jessica Cicchino.”

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Mid-block Crosswalk

*Editor’s note:  jaywalking is fake. In addition, in NJ it is not illegal to cross mid-block as long as the pedestrian is not obstructing oncoming traffic. So mid-block pedestrian crosswalks should be unnecessary, but drivers and pedestrians do not know the law.

South Street is getting ‘midblock’ crosswalks to make it safer for pedestrians
 However, there are no plans to install the traffic-calming measures elsewhere — yet.

Max Marin Aug 29, 2018 

“In a city where the mentality is often “cars over everything,” the freshly painted crosswalk stripes on South Street halfway between Ninth and 10th are an unusual but welcome sight.

The markings form a midblock crosswalk — a clunky phrase, but simple enough concept in urban design. They facilitate road-crossing in areas where corner crosswalks just don’t cut it. In this particular case, the thinking went, people have been jaywalking * across this stretch near Delhi Street to get to Whole Foods for the nearly two decades of the grocery store’s existence, so why not alert oncoming drivers and guarantee safer passage for pedestrians?”

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More Bikes=Safer City

Bike parking facilities are in demand in Utrecht-there are more bikes than people and more than a quarter of all trips are made by bicycle.  The key takeaway here is that the more bicyclists are the safer everyone will be. But it wasn’t always a bicycle culture in The Netherlands. There’s hope for the US.

By Christopher F. Schuetz Sept. 6, 2017

If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal

More important for the nation’s bottom line, the country’s preference for the bicycle could save its economy $23 billion each year, according to a recent study done at Utrecht University and published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study suggested that the Netherlands’ vigorous cycling habits prevented 6,500 premature deaths each year.”

Debate About Helmet Use Rages On

Wear a helmet if you want to.  But…


As the debate around cycle safety, and in particular helmet use, continues to rage, British Cycling policy advisor, Chris Boardman, writes about the danger of introducing compulsory helmet laws.

All over the world, countries with the highest use of safety gear are the most dangerous for cyclists. Wherever helmet use has been made compulsory, there has been no corresponding drop in head injury unless there is also a drop in cycling rates.

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Helmet Debate Is Distraction From Real Safety Issues

Chris Boardman was appointed Greater Manchester’s first ever commissioner for walking and cycling in 2017.  Known s “The Professor, Boardman is a British former racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, broke the world hour record three times, and won three stages and wore the yellow jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France. In 1992, he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling.

Chris Boardman: “Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe”

by John Stevenson, February 17, 2014
British Cycling policy advisor says it’s time to stop distracting helmet arguments and concentrate on real safety issues…
“We’ve got to tackle the helmet debate head on because it’s so annoying,” he said. “It gets a disproportionate amount of coverage. When you have three minutes and someone asks ‘Do you wear a helmet’ you know the vast majority of your time when you could be talking about stuff that will make a difference, is gone.”

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Smaller Firetrucks Get The Job Done

Many calls to a fire station are not fire related emergencies, so a huge rig with thousands of gallons of water isn’t needed to respond. Safety to pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists is a benefit in situations where a smaller truck can do the job.

Fire departments are adopting Vision Zero, so why shouldn’t you?

“The good news is that, even without smaller fire vehicles, city planners and fire officials can work together in this conscious effort to improve safety, not only for people walking, but for all road users. Let San Franciso and Portland stand as examples of what can happen when groups work together (hint: everyone wins).”

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Walking May Save Our Cities

Asbury Park is on it’s way to becoming a more walkable and livable city with new construction and improvements in infrastructure underway.  Go for a walk in Asbury Park and look around. Find things you never knew existed. Get a feel for an unfamiliar neighborhood. Observe what you like, and what you aren’t crazy about, and let us know…APCSC wants to help make our city safer and more livable for everyone.

How walking might save the world (or at least our cities)


Berlin. (But doesn’t it look like Asbury Park’s Cookman Ave?)

“Walking is healthy. Walking is fun. People who walk engage with their cities in a different way, they are connected to it. It’s why walkable cities are such a joy. I have walked a mile in suburban Toronto and it felt like an eternity, but ten times as far downtown without being bored for a minute. This is the true test of a place- what is it like to walk there?”

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Grocery Shopping By Bike In Asbury Park-Our Markets and Stores

This is a simple story about grocery shopping by bike in Minnesota. Grocery shopping by bike is indeed a simple pleasure, and it’s great in Asbury Park!  Nothing in Asbury Park is much further than a mile from anywhere, and bicycle infrastructure is getting better and better, so riding a bike to shop makes total sense. There isn’t always fantastic bike parking, but there is some…ingenuity and a decent lock are important.  Pick up some veggies to grill and ingredients for a salad, and fresh fruit for dessert.  Asbury Park has a great markets with lots of fresh produce and staples.  Tapatia Market on Main St.; Super Supermarket on 3rd Ave; Asbury Farm Market, Springwood Ave and Memorial Drive, next to/behind the train station; Asbury Fresh, Kennedy Park, Grand & Cookman Avenue, Sundays, 10am-3pm; Asbury Park Sunset Market, Sat., 8am–1pm, June–Oct., Main and Sunset Ave. A cargo bike would be great for a big haul, but a basket in front works just fine.

Grocery Shopping by Bike

Adam Miller on August 23, 2018

Bike grocery shopping at The Super Supermarket in Asbury Park

Bike shopping in Minnesota

“Someone recently asked me how you shop for groceries on a bike. It struck me as a question lots of people have probably never thought about, so why not write something about it?

I think the first thing to keep in mind is that you’re probably going to have to shop for groceries more than once a week. To me, that’s a feature not a bug, as I mostly try to eat fresh produce, some of which doesn’t keep all that well for a week anyway. Shopping more frequently means I only have to plan meals for a few days at a time. It’s also not that much of a burden, if you shop closer to home, which is easier if you live closer to stuff.”

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