Driver and pedestrian behaviors have changed dramatically during the pandemic. Initially, as cities adjusted to social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders at the start of the pandemic, roadways saw fewer drivers and greatly reduced congestion. The upshot was that motorists still on the roads traveled at higher average speeds, and crashes and fatalities soared, according to reports.
Ideas to mitigate risks have included making advanced driver assistance systems standard in vehicles, along with adding vehicle to everything technology. Some states are poised to develop speed management pilot programs, while communities may also consider not just lowering speed limits but redesigning streets entirely.
Read on for Smart Cities Dive's detailed coverage of these issues over the past year.