Perils for Pedestrians

TV talk about people who walk

Episodes 71 to 80 of Perils for Pedestrians

All episodes are 28 minutes long. A new episode is released monthly.
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Episode 80 information.

© 2003

Episode 80: Alabama

  • The remote location proposed for a new school sparked controversy in Sylacauga, Alabama.
  • A neighborhood that depends on walking needs to have schools and other destinations nearby in Sylacauga.
  • Alabama Safe Kids works to prevent injuries to children.
  • The highway safety director for the regional planning commission in Birmingham, Alabama, works to prevent injuries to pedestrians of all ages.
  • A pediatrician in Birmingham discusses the importance of physical activity and good nutrition to children.

Episode 79 information.

© 2003

Episode 79

  • Dan Burden explains how to do a walking audit in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • The president of the New Orleans Regional Bicycle Awareness Committee is active in bicycle education.
  • The Second New Partners for Smart Growth Conference meets in New Orleans.
  • The executive director of the Mississippi River Trail Corporation explains the nature of the trail in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • The vice president of the Minneapolis City Council discusses pedestrians in the twin cities.
  • The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running releases their new publication, "Stop on Red Means Safe on Green", in St. Louis, Missouri.

Episode 78 information.

© 2002

Episode 78

  • The police chief of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, talks about pedestrian safety.
  • A Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee sponsored a walkable community workshop in Cedarburg.
  • The group Pednet works for pedestrian and pedacycle improvments in Columbia, Missouri.
  • The Bicycle-Pedestrian Commission advises the city council in Columbia.
  • The Disabilities Commission advises the Mayor in Columbia.
  • Citizens for a Safe Route B lobbies for pedestrian improvements on Route B in Columbia.
  • A father and son team of authors in Duluth, Minnesota, discuss walking.

Episode 77 information.

© 2002

Episode 77

  • Building sidewalks near schools would save money on hazard busing in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin.
  • Painted lines in the street are not an adequate substitute for sidewalks in Ashwaubenon.
  • Safe Routes Minnesota works to create a safe environment for children walking to school.
  • The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals helps its members develop the skills to create walkable places.
  • Sidewalks and roundabouts were included in a road project in DePere, Wisconsin.
  • Researchers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo study how roundabouts can create problems for blind pedestrians.

Episode 76 information.

© 2002

Episode 76

  • Researchers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo study the importance of sidewalks to blind senior citizens.
  • Changes to an intersection affect pedestrians in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Groundwork Providence promotes bicycling to work in Rhode Island's Capital.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers celebrates its 150th anniversary in Washington, DC.
  • Tucson, Arizona, is experimenting with a new type of pedestrian signal.
  • The Lifesavers Conference holds its 20th anniversary meeting in Orlando, Florida.
  • The 10th Congress For The New Urbanism is held in Miami Beach, Florida.

Episode 75 information.

© 2002

Episode 75: Pennsylvania

  • Phillywalks on sidewalks as centers of activity in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bicycles and Segway scooters belong in bike lanes, not on sidewalks.
  • The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is studying pedestrian access to commuter train stations near Philadelphia.
  • The ability to travel on their own is crucial to the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation puts in obstacles instead of sidewalks in York, PA.

Episode 74 information.

© 2002

Episode 74

  • International Walk to School Day at East Silver Spring Elementary School in Maryland.
  • The Walking to School Song.
  • ESS students lobby the Maryland legislature to make walking the official state exercise.
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (3rd District, OR) discusses the 8th National Rail~Volution Conference in Washington, DC.
  • The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager at the Federal Highway Administration receives the APBP Lifetime Achievement Award in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
  • The Governor's Highway Safety Association meets in Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • The National Heart Foundation of Australia looks at the importance of walking to health in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • A consultant in Sydney, Australia, promotes Mobility Management.

Episode 73 information.

© 2002

Episode 73 - Australia

  • Injury Prevention SA and pedestrian fatalities in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • The pedestrian advocacy group, Walksafe SA, in Adelaide.
  • A ring road and other obstacles to pedestrians come between a community and nearby parkland in Adelaide.
  • Planners had to accommodate 400,000 pedestrians each day for the Sydney Olympics.
  • Recreational walkers have a choice of walking groups in Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Episode 72 information.

© 2002

Episode 72 - Australia

  • Conducting crash tests for pedestrians at Adelaide University.
  • A new type of energy-absorbing bollard.
  • Lowering residential speed limits in the Australian Capital Territory.
  • The local bicyclist organization would like to see more speed limits lowered.
  • Shared zones keep cars close to walking speed in Melbourne.
  • Research demonstrates why lower vehicle speeds are good for pedestrians.
  • A chat with the chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia in Sydney.
  • Using automatic traffic counters to measure gaps in traffic.

Episode 71 information.

© 2002

Episode 71

  • The Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • An Urban Land Institute conference on Smart Growth in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Local planning in a neighborhood near the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville.
  • Blind pedestrians and borderless parking lots.
  • Blind pedestrians and a skewed railroad crossing.
  • The Centers for Disease Control on the importance of physical activity and walking.