UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot

UM, Access to Fun #9: The Depot [Episode 9]

Welcome to Episode 9 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh takes to the ice at the historic Depot, just off the Green Line in downtown Minneapolis.

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Posted in Accessibility, Pedestrian, Public transit, Uncategorized, Urban transportation

Freight Summit attendees contribute to action agenda for Minnesota

freightThis year’s Freight and Logistics Symposium had a new name and a new strategy: rather than learning about public and private initiatives to strengthen our freight transportation system, attendees provided much of the material and analysis themselves.

On December 5, CTS hosted the 2014 Minnesota Statewide Freight Summit in cooperation with MnDOT’s Office of Freight, Rail, and Waterways. The event united freight leaders from private-sector organizations involved in logistics and transportation, government officials and staff, and representatives from nonprofit organizations and academic institutions to share ideas and develop an Action Agenda for the new Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan.

Posted in Events, Freight, Planning, Urban transportation

What science says about distracted driving

phone_drivingIn 2012, 3,328 people were killed, and an estimated 421,000 were injured, in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. As troubling as the numbers are now, the problem is only going to get worse, according to distracted driving researcher Paul Atchley. That’s because we put a high value on social information, and technology is expanding the types of non-driving, socially rewarding tasks we can do in our vehicles, he told attendees at the 2014 Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) conference.

According to Atchley, overwhelming evidence has shown that visual and cognitive distractions pose serious safety risks to drivers, yet industry and government regulations have only focused on manual and visual issues when it comes to distracted driving. “It’s not about your eyes, it’s about your brain,” he said.

Posted in Events, Safety

UM, Access to Fun #8: Foshay Tower

UM, Access to Fun #8: Foshay Tower [Episode 8]

Welcome to Episode 8 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh takes the Green Line to downtown Minneapolis for a short walk to the historic 32-story Foshay Tower.

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New project by CTS Scholar Kathy Quick focuses on tribal safety

Kathy Quick

CTS Scholar Kathy Quick, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will focus on tribal transportation safety issues in a new project funded by the Roadway Safety Institute.

Quick’s previous research has focused on involving diverse stakeholders in policymaking to address complex public problems. Building on this background, Quick and her colleague Guillermo Narvaez, a research associate at the Humphrey School, will collaborate with tribal governments to identify issues and solutions related to motor vehicle crashes among American Indians in the new project.

Posted in Planning, Rural transportation, Safety, Transportation research, Uncategorized

Snow control cost/benefit tool goes online as program aims to expand

cornsnowcontrolCornstalks may not be the first thing that comes to mind for keeping rural roads clear in the winter. But when stalks near roadsides are left standing after fall harvest, they become a living snow fence, reducing the amount of snow blowing onto roads.

To help determine reimbursement costs for farmers and choose which roads are good candidates, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) uses a snow control cost/benefit tool developed by University of Minnesota researchers.

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Posted in Environment, Rural transportation, Safety

UM, Access to Fun #7: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

UM, Access to Fun: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden [Episode 7]

Welcome to Episode 7 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, Josh hops a Nice Ride bike to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near the Walker Art Center.

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