Let’s Not Meet by Accident

photo sent in by Robert Thompson

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Robert Thompson reported that at 7:30 a.m. this morning two folks met by accident at the corner of Broad and Esplanade.

Please slow down, the life you save may be your own.

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info below gathered by Charlie London

 

Learn more about ways to reduce speeding in Faubourg St. John in the link below

http://peds.org/?s=speeding

Much of the threat to pedestrians comes from speeding cars. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of ways to encourage drivers to slow down. Take action!

  1. Spread the word. Neighborhood websites, e-newsletters, Facebook Pages and twitter are all great ways to reach out.
  2. Use yard signs to remind drivers to slow down. Pick up signs at DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE — or use plywood or laminated poster-board to create your own. Keep it simple.  Short messages and big letters work best.
  3. Set the pace. Driving at or below the speed limit forces others to do the same.
  4. Park your car in the street, and ask your neighbors to do the same. Narrow travel lanes prompt drivers to slow down.
  5. Install radar signs that show drivers how fast they’re going.
  6. Reduce speed limits. If the speed limit where you live is over 30 mph, ask transportation agencies to change it.
  7. Take back your street. Walk, ride a bicycle, sit on the front porch — and put some toys in your front yard.   Reminding motorists that streets are for people encourages them to slow down.

Bump outs like this one make crossing the street safer for pedestrians. And, in the middle of the street is a brick section with a gradual rise on either side. This helps slow traffic.
Bump outs like this one make crossing the street safer for pedestrians. And, in the middle of the street is a brick section with a gradual rise on either side. This helps slow traffic.

How a Dutch neighborhood pioneered an innovation now sweeping the globe

TRAFFIC CALMING HAS SWEPT THE WORLD over the past 20 years. It’s based on the rather simple idea that cars and trucks don’t have exclusive ownership of our streets. Streets are shared public space also belonging to people on foot and bicycles, in baby strollers and wheelchairs. Reminding motorists of this fact, traffic calming uses design features such as narrowing roads or elevating crosswalks to slow traffic and assert pedestrian’s right to cross the street.

This idea has altered the literal landscape of urban life in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany and Australia as people move about their cities with more ease and pleasure—and it’s now taking off in other parts of the world.

bumpout1THE ORIGINS OF THIS INGENIOUS IDEA CAN BE TRACED TO DELFT, NETHERLANDS, where residents of one neighborhood were fed up with cars racing along their streets, endangering children, pets and peace of mind. One evening they decided to do something about it by dragging old couches, planters and other objects out into the roadway and positioning them in such a way that cars could pass but would have to slow down. Police soon arrived on the scene and had to admit that this project, although clearly illegal, was a really good idea. Soon, the city itself was installing similar measures called woonerfs (Dutch for “living yards”) on streets plagued by unruly motorists.

One can only imagine the response of city officials if these neighbors had meekly come to city hall to propose the idea of partially blocking the streets; they would have been hooted right out of the building. But by taking direct action, they saved their neighborhood and changed the face of cities around the world.
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Let’s Not Meet By Accident

Charlotte Pipes sent in the photos below of an accident that happened at the corner of Ursulines and North Dupre on the morning of January 15, 2016.
Charlotte reported that no one was injured.

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Please drive safely.

The life you save may be your own!

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Neighborhood speeding is a serious and pervasive problem. Our neighborhood streets — where people walk and kids play — are becoming speedways. Too many drivers still think it’s okay to drive 5, 10 or 15 mph over the neighborhood limit, unaware that they won’t be able to stop in time to avoid a tragedy. Slow down in neighborhoods, and keep it under 25.

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Tips below courtesy wikihow

Driving safely is important any time you are behind the wheel of a car, whether you are in a parking lot or on a major highway. Residential areas require you to be even more careful because there are often children, pets and other members of the neighborhood walking, playing and riding bikes. Many people are harmed or killed every year by people who are speeding or not paying attention when they drive through residential communities carelessly. Drive safely in a residential area by staying alert to your surroundings, obeying the speed limit and not getting distracted while you drive.

Remember to keep watch for the unexpected in residential neighborhoods. There are often blind corners, sudden turns and trees, light poles and other obstructions that can make it hard to see while you are driving.

Inspect your car before you drive it. Look for safety issues such as worn tires, leaking oil or faulty mirrors.

Wear your seatbelt and make sure any passengers are wearing their seatbelts as well. Buckle children into proper car seats and restraints.

Pay attention to the speed limit. There are often signs posted telling you what the maximum allowed speed is.

Keep your speed between 20 and 25 mph (32 and 40 km/h) if you do not see any posted signs.

Stay on your side of the road. Streets in residential neighborhoods are often narrower than major streets and highways. Make sure you are not taking up the whole road, especially when there is oncoming traffic.

Come to a complete stop at all stop signs
. Some people are tempted to roll through stop signs, especially on quiet residential streets where they think no one will notice. Look in all directions before you move again.

Check for people who might be crossing the street, and wait for them. Many residential streets do not have crosswalks, so you need to pay attention to anyone who needs to cross. Pedestrians always have the right of way.

Observe all rules of the road
. In addition to speed limits and stop signs, pay attention to other traffic rules. Look for signs that prohibit U-turns, identify one way streets and ask you to yield. Use turn signals when you need to turn and make sure your lights are on in the evening or during rain.

Put down your phone and other distractions. Do not talk or text on your mobile phone while you drive through residential neighborhoods.

Pull over if you have an emergency call you need to make or take. Even hands-free devices can be distracting while you are driving.

Notice road conditions. Go especially slow if there are potholes or weather conditions that might make the roads in a residential area slippery.

Try not to use residential streets as shortcuts. Increased traffic through these streets contributes to a higher risk of injury and makes the neighborhood more dangerous.

Look for parking prohibitions and regulations
. Do not park on the side of the road, or in front of someone’s house unless it is permitted.

Make sure there is enough room left on the road for motorists to safely pass your car if you do pull over to park. Watch for parked cars while you are driving. Look for people who might be opening doors to get out of those cars.

Yield to vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, snow plows, street sweepers and others that might be working to keep the neighborhood safe and clean.

Watch for bikes, motorcycles, scooters and other smaller vehicles that might be on the roads. They can be harder to spot, especially at night.

Car Rolls Over at Esplanade and Broad

accidentEsplanadeBroadAbout 8 a.m. on July 30, 2015, a car flipped over at the intersection of Broad and Esplanade Avenue. The car appears to have ended up on its roof after an accident with another vehicle.

Please drive safely.

The life you save may be your own!

Common sense and routine maintenance can greatly increase your odds of avoiding a rollover and walking away from one if it happens. Here are some survival tips:

Newer is better. The improvement might be because more people are buckling up, or because vehicles have better build quality and safety systems, but it’s probably a result of both. Either way, it makes sense to choose a vehicle with the most up-to-date safety systems. Especially important are electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags.

Wear safety belts. Belts help keep you in the seat so you are not tossed around in a rollover crash. About half of rollover fatalities occur when people are partly or completely ejected from the vehicle. Don’t think it’s good to be “thrown clear.” In all kinds of crashes, nearly three-quarters of people ejected from a vehicle are killed.

Check the tires. Make sure all the tires are in good shape and properly inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Check the inflation pressure at least once a month. Replacement tires should be similar to the vehicle’s original set.

Watch the load. Overloading any vehicle, particularly SUVs and pickups, decreases its stability. The worst practice is to place heavy loads on the roof. Try to stay well within the load ratings specified by the manufacturer. (They should be noted in your owner’s manual.) Try to place the heaviest cargo low on the floor and as far from the tailgate and as close to the center of the vehicle as possible.

Watch your speed. Speed makes a vehicle’s tendencies to roll over more severe, and it also makes more demands on a driver’s attention and skill. About 40 percent of fatal rollovers involve excessive speed, the government reports.

Beware on country roads. Almost three-quarters of fatal rollovers occur in rural areas on roads where the speed limit is 55 mph or more. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, those roads tended to be undivided highways without barriers.

The information above was obtained from Consumer Reports.   The original article is in the link:   http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/02/rollover-101/index.htm

The Little Engine That Could

Earlier this week a car pulled in front of an oncoming train. We’ve all heard of such things before but never in New Orleans’ City Park or with the childrens’ City Park train!http://blog.nola.com/interact/2011/10/head-scratcher_of_the_day_city.html

Ever stopped to consider the dangers involved with crossing highway-rail grade intersections or trespassing on railroad property? At Operation Lifesaver, we have.

We know that injuries and fatalities that occur at highway-rail crossings or on railroad property are a real, but often preventable, problem. Few people realize that in America, a person or vehicle is hit by a train roughly every three hours, and that’s a reality we’re determined to change. Welcome to Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.

Please click on the crossing signal above to learn more!

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