Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Big Reason To Slow Down

You've heard it over and over; slow down! Especially in school zones. But why? Because higher speeds translate to higher death rates in the case of collissions.

Did you know that at 20 miles per hour, a pedestrian has a 5% chance of being killed if struck by a vehicle, but at 40 miles per hour, the chance goes up to around 85%?!

Thanks to Bike to Work Barb for sending me this information on how a small increase in speed results in a disproportionately large increase in pedestrian fatalities.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.