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In 2016, road crashes resulted in 40,000 deaths and 4.6 million injuries in the United States. For young people under age 19, these collisions were the leading cause of death.

What if we could use technology to predict where vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists will occur, then take steps to prevent them? Would you want to help? Well, now you can.

This work is part of a multi-city, multi-organizational partnership called Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero. As indicated in this ITE Journal Article, this technology development partnership aims to use footage from traffic cameras across North America to “teach” computers how to recognize near-miss collisions. Data from these machine learning systems will allow transportation engineers to predict where crashes will occur and take proactive measures to prevent them.

The partnership invites public participation in the next project milestone – using crowdsourcing to analyze video and teach computers to identify a person in a wheelchair, on a bike or in a car, as well as patterns of movement in intersections. The more volunteers who take part, the better computers will learn to recognize near-miss collisions.

To participate visit: http://www.ite.org/visionzero/videoanalytics/

Here’s how it works: volunteers will view a short clip of a pre-recorded traffic scene, then label and track the movement of each person or vehicle within the screen. By doing so, the computer can begin to distinguish a person walking, biking, or using a wheelchair; a bus or car; then recognize patterns of near misses. Fair warning to potential volunteers – until you get accustomed to using the labeling tools, it may take you several minutes to complete the task – plan on at least five minutes or longer per task at the start. Once you master the image tracking tools, your speed will increase. You can submit just one task, or complete as many as you’d like. Volunteers are needed starting June 1.

For additional information on this partnership please contact Franz Loewenherz, project manager of the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership, at +1-425-452-4077 or floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 3:05 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, like most American’s you might be struggling to find what more you can do to help the environment. You’ve might have started by getting a compost bin to start that garden mulch from your kitchen scraps. Maybe even buying more items that can be recycled and not thrown away. You’re also about 99% sure that every light bulb in your house is energy efficient (except for maybe that bathroom one) and you’ve bought extra blankets so you can keep that thermostat low. What else can you do? One overlooked way, which might be considered a pioneering discovery for those that have tried it and love it, and is yet the most effective way to help protect the earth and reduce global warming, is to try an alternative commute mode to driving alone.

Declaring June Ride Transit Month, Transportation Choices Coalition and other community partners along with bus drivers and riders will be encouraging people to ride public transit during the month of June to help cut individual costs, protect the environment and curb pollution.

Reduces greenhouse gas emissions

With traffic congestion getting worse in cities across the country, cars and light trucks now account for about 30 percent of air pollution nationwide. The average urban commuter is said to waste about 42 hours a year stuck in traffic. That’s an additional 42 hours of a mobile office, free of interruption, time spent watching your favorite show, catching up on that book you’ve been meaning to read, or even some extra shut eye (since we all know everyone could use some more of that).

Immediate saving activity

Switching to public transportation offers an immediate alternative for individuals seeking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprints. The annual savings for an individual who switches to taking public transportation, on average, is more than $812 per month. Switching to transit is easily the most effective thing you can do to fight climate change and place more money and time in your pocket.

Students and families

For every mile not driven, approximately one pound of carbon dioxide is not emitted into the atmosphere. You can create your own “Act of Green” through personal action like:

  • Walking to school one day the week of April 22
  • Biking with another family
  • Carpooling with another family

Logging your trips on Choose Your Way Bellevue will help you keep track of your carbon footprint and how much your saving!

So, avoid the hassle and cost of parking and try taking the bus, light rail or start a vanpool and reap the many benefits, including reducing your carbon foot print.

Post photos of your Earth Day ride on Facebook and tweet them using hashtags #CYWBtransit and #BellevueEarthDay.

– Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Sandee

Friday, April 21st, 2017 2:42 PM | by Sandee Ditt | Add a Comment

The time has come to change Just One Trip and get rewarded! Just One Trip could be the catalyst to change not only your commute, but your life. The average American spends nearly an hour commuting every day, and now’s your chance to reclaim that hour for you. Catch up on the news, take a nap, make new friends, or be the best dog-gone Bejeweled player there ever was.

Get on that bus. Join that carpool. Dust off that bike in your garage. Heck, that extra walk could do us all some good. To show you how much they believe in you, King County Metro will give you a One-Time $100 Emergency Ride Home credit to use with Uber, Lyft or taxi as well as a $25 reward when you take the plunge and log your trips and complete a follow-up survey. Enrollment closes March 31, 2017. Sign up today and start reducing your drive alone trips!

Already signed up? Make sure to log your trips to unlock your Follow Up Survey in the Community In Motion network!

Tell us your non-drive-alone commute story!

King County Metro wants to hear about your commute! Are you a sleek, spandex-wearing bike commuter? Are you a book-reading, back-of-the-bus rider? Maybe you’re a carpool DJ outside office hours. No matter your mode, send us a photo and a story of your commute to inspire others!

Disclaimer: By sending King County Metro your story you agree that your story and photo can be shared without limitations including but not limited to KBCS radio’s “Unmute the Commute” program.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Paige

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:36 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

The City of Bellevue is transforming into a more user-friendly city.

With a measured approach that focuses on cooperating with local businesses and minimizing construction impacts, city officials and planners are working to enhance mobility and safety while also improving the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The intersection at NE 4th St and 108th Ave NE is one great example how Downtown Bellevue is transforming its streets and evolving into a more walkable and bike-friendly city. The new intersection highlights a number of improvements that are popping up all around the city:

  • New northbound bike lane
  • Wider crosswalks and curb ramps promote safer crossings for pedestrians
  • New paving designs that enhance the streetscape and ambiance

Take a look at the new designs below:

 

Images by Jacob Brett

Images by Jacob Brett

Have you tried out this new intersection? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, November 21st, 2016 7:08 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Days are getting shorter, and now that the clocks have rolled back it is more important than ever to stay ALERT, to stay DRY and stay VISIBLE this time of year. Here are some tips for keeping your commute safe and cozy on the bus, bike or on foot this winter.

 

bus in the rain

Image thanks to ArtBlart.com

 

  • ALERT: If you’re out walking or biking, be aware that drivers won’t be able to see you as well with rain and darkness as they may have in the summer months. Scan as you walk and make eye contact with drivers at intersections before crossing in front of turning cars, and try not to surprise drivers. Make your presence known and be predictable.
  • DRY: The rain can be cold while you are waiting for a bus. Bring an extra pair of shoes, rubber boots, a raincoat, scarf or rain jacket to stay dry and warm while waiting. For tips on how to stay dry while biking in the rain, check out this Seattle Bike Blog post.
  • VISIBLE: Brights matter! Neon, reflective tape or clothing can outline your figure so buses, cars, and trucks can see you when you’re crossing the street or cycling to work. Don’t take any chances this winter. If you’ve got a black rain coat that you’re in love with, spring for a neon umbrella to give you some added protection. Our local bike shops have all sorts of spoke reflectors and neon gear to make sure you are seen by your fellow road users.

Do you have a safety tip you use every year? Share it with us on Facebook or via email.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff Augusta

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 11:33 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

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