Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday's Words: The Flying Car Is Here

“We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” said AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik at a press conference. “We think it’s time to make transportation more emotional and more personal."

Today, Juraj Vaculik and Stefan Klein, of Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna what they call “the most advanced flying car."

Click on the video below to see the car fly.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bicycle deaths increase for the first time since the 1970s

A total of 722 American cyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012, compared to 680 deaths in 2011 and 621 in 2010, reported the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state transportation safety agencies.

Florida also had the highest number of cyclist deaths per capita, followed by Louisiana, New Mexico, South Carolina and California. Florida also has the highest number of pedestrian deaths per capita. Kansas ranked 39th among the states in bicycle deaths per capita.

More than two-thirds of all bicycle fatalities occur in urban areas-- usually in intersections.

The GHSA report also pointed out the growing number of cyclists who are killed are adult men, who account for three out of every four cyclist deaths. Boys who are 20 or younger make up 14 percent of cyclist fatalities, followed by adult females (10 percent) and girls 20 or younger (2 percent).

 “The lack of universal helmet use laws for bicyclists is a serious impediment to reducing deaths and injuries, resulting from both collisions with motor vehicles and in falls from bicycles not involving motor vehicles,” according to GHSA.

The safety organization noted that 65 percent of bicyclists killed were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia require children to wear helmets, but no states have helmet laws applying to adults.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The transit workout

Want to lose a few pounds?  The answer may be as simple as taking the bus to work. 

A recent study found that people who don't drive to work--no matter how much or how little they otherwise exercise--are likely to weigh an average of five to seven pounds less than someone in a car.

"Public transport use involves a greater level of incidental physical activity than we commonly assume," says lead author Ellen Flint, a research fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "Walking from your home to the bus stop, standing in a busy train carriage, sprinting up the station stairs to change platforms; a public transport journey usually involves more exertion than traveling by car."

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Walk

Living where we do, it's easy to take for granted the role that quality transportation plays in allowing us access to vital medical services.  For many pregnant women in developing countries, the journey to access quality medical care for child birth is quite difficult.  Check out this powerful video produced by the Every Mother Counts campaign-- a nonprofit organization that strives to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all mothers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

We found this photo in our archives of two boys picking pumpkins.  We know the photo was taken in  October of 1966 but we don't know the identity of the boys.  If you know, tell us in the comment section below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KDOT safety campaign receives national recognition

A Kansas Department of Transportation public affairs campaign to highlight the importance of work zone safety has received national recognition.

The recognition was announced earlier this month by the Transportation Communications subcommittee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). KDOT received a first place award in the category of “Special Events, Public Awareness Event” for its 2014 Work Zone Awareness Week’s Go Orange safety campaign.

KDOT also received honorable mention for the “Best Use of Social Media in a Campaign” for the same work zone safety effort.

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

For more information about work zone safety, visit KDOT’s Go Orange web page.