Automated Or not Automated

Much is written nowadays about self driving vehicles, no more crashes, useful for elderly or people with a handicap? Could be, but not for tomorrow.

But would’nt it be a better solution, at least in urban areas to support for now more active mobility, like walking and cycling and have some of the huge space dedicated to motorised traffic during the last decades fitted for  these vulnerable road users including public ( low emission) transport.


That would be Safer & Cleaner & Healthier  position autonom.driving



Distracted driver versus Distracted Pedestrian

A collision between a driver and a careless pedestrian has never ended with the driver being killed

Who’s Afraid of the “Petextrian”? = texting pedestrian


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Radar Piéton c’est Bon

Il faut permettre la constatation sans interception, notamment par vidéoverbalisation, des infractions liées au non-respect de priorité de passage aux piétons.

Ce système est basé sur des caméras : deux fixent le piéton, deux autres l’automobiliste et la dernière filme une vue d’ensemble.

Hérault : le radar piéton testé à La Grande-Motte va être généralisé

“C’est l’avantage de ce dispositif, l’humain reste au cœur du système, il décide, il ne s’agit pas d’une simple automatisation comme les radars, analyse Jean-Michel Weiss. Et c’est valable dans les deux sens, beaucoup d’automobilistes ne respectent pas le code de la route mais on voit aussi des piétons traverser en courant, en écrivant des textos ou sans prendre la peine de regarder à droite, à gauche.”


Réduire la vitesse = Réduire sensiblement le nb. des victimes

Après que la France vient de réduire la vitesse limite sur les routes de campagne, une vive discussion pour ou contre  de 90km/h à 80 km/h vient d’ être lancée.

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Premier Ministre Edouard Philippe:

Présentation mesures (video)

En Suisse,Belgique côté Flandres, et d’autres pays cette réduction s’est faite sans problèmes tandis que dans certains pays on s’oppose en majorité certains mêmes très ferme.

Cette discussion se poursuit dans les pays voisins comme le Luxembourg et l’Allemagne.

Faut il vraiment abaisser la vitesse à 80km (pdf)

Walking & cycling a natural choice for short trips

Make walking the natural choice for as many short trips as possible.

15 steps to transform Greater Manchester, by changing the way we get around.

Creating the space for walking and cycling

5.  Ensure all upcoming public realm and infrastructure investments, alongside all
related policy programmes, have walking and cycling integrated

9. Deliver year on year reductions to the risk per kilometre travelled, by establishing a task force to improve safety on roads and junctions.

10. Call for devolved powers to enforce moving traffic offences, and develop
strategies for reducing antisocial driving


Human Scale in urban planning

Jan Gehl: “Venice is a city made for people. The average street is 3 meters wide, which makes it a city suitable for walking with a lot of interesting public spaces. It is a city that truly has a human scale, that is small, personal, and intimate. Meanwhile, a place like Dubai is a city for dinosaurs, not for human beings.”




Would your let your child cycle here?

“Do we want to pursue an American-style approach where kids depend on their parents to take them to school for many years? Or do we want a Nordic-style approach in which mobility considerations are integrated into urban planning, and where the necessary infrastructure is provided so kids can bike to school by themselves? “

Connie Hedegaard, former Danish EU commissioner for climate action


The secret behind this Nordic approach is simple: segregated, curbed bicycle lanes, where the layout of every inch has been taken into consideration – such as covering intersections with traffic lights, integrating retracted stop lines for cars and having pre-green lights for cyclists. Give-way lines (“shark teeth”) where smaller roads join bigger ones mean that everyone – including other cyclists – must make a full stop before they move on to a main road. In most places, pavements and bicycle tracks run down smaller side streets as well, illustrating how we give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.


cyclists and driverless cars

Can cyclists and driverless cars ever co-exist?


Janette Sadik-Khan:

“There are some exciting possibilities with autonomous vehicles but I think we need to remember what makes a great city, and that’s really about the people, not the cars.”


Ceri Woolsgrove of the ECF sees “potential for good and potential for evil”. “In terms of the car itself, Vision Zero could be genuinely within reach with some of these technologies,” he says. “You can programme a car to obey all of the traffic rules perfectly and to be extra vigilant of cyclists and walkers. You can literally control where the car goes.”

Prioritise Pedestrians over Cars

In a densely populated neighbourhood, new traffic signal will favour pedestrians –

= prioritizing pedestrians over cars in dense, multimodal neighborhoods.


The traffic signal known as a “Barnes dance” or “pedestrian scramble” is making a resurgence in urban areas across the country as people ditch cars in favor of walking and cycling.

In Columbia Heights, the new signal will give pedestrians about 30 seconds to cross 14th and Irving streets in any direction while all cars are stopped. Youngbluth said the intersection will have a different rhythm than pedestrians and vehicles are accustomed to.



Cette semaine a lieu la 4ième semaine de sécurité routière des NAtions Unies avec le slogan “Ralentissez” p. Sauver des Vies


Si un piéton ou un cycliste est heurté par une voiture à 55km/h le risque de mourir est de 90%. Si la vitesse d’impact par contre est 30km/h le risque va vers zéro.

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