VIDEO: Understanding Close Calls in Houston Traffic

Glissette Santana | @GlissetteSantan | May 26, 2017

Near misses — those close calls you have with a car while riding your bike, crossing an intersection or getting on a light-rail train — are prevalent in Houston, a city dominated by cars.

New research by the the Kinder Institute’s Kyle Shelton and Dian Nostikasari explores how city leaders can work towards designing streets to reduce the likelihood of those close calls.

The researchers recruited 130 participants to keep track of their travel, recording when and where they experienced a near-miss (or worse, a collision). Though that data, Shelton and Nostikasari identified some of Houston’s most dangerous intersections.

Watch them explain some of the key findings from the study. For more information on their research, visit

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Glissette Santana is the web and social media editor for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

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