Friday, February 11, 2011

Videos you can use - Feb 11, 2011

Again, I don't like to just rehash content that is already out there on the web without at least a little analysis but the following two videos that were featured on Streetsblog NYC are just too good and pertinent not to share.

The first is a look at the different view the media and law enforcement has of cyclists and of the drivers that hit them in the Netherlands. Clarence's analysis of the differences is spot on and needs no further comment so take a look at what he has to say here.

Also, and maybe even more relevant to New Jersey, is this video meant to counteract some of the national push-back on Red Light Cameras. The video has it's very disturbing moments, so be warned. There is a bit of irony since much if not all of the video of the crashes seem to have been shot on Red Light Cameras (tragically ironic, really since the cameras didn't seem to help those victims). Again Streetsblog's analysis along with that of the commenters just about says it all.


Anonymous said...

The second video shows a graphic that says the cameras reduced red light running 85%. How could they possibly prove that? What was used for the "before" data?

Andrew J. Besold said...

Crash reports!

The police have long kept records of crashes and their locations so finding the before data should be easy.

Anonymous said...

It didn't say "reduced accidents caused by red light running" it said "reduced red light running"

Andrew J. Besold said...

Ahh... Good point.

I don't have the links in front of me but I know that these things were studied like crazy by academics here in the US and abroad. I'm quite sure there is plenty of "before" data from these studies.