Friday transpo roundup - safety edition

The Bay Bridge as seen from the ferry during yesterday's Bike to Work Day.

Some meditations on the relative danger of travel this week. First, we’ve heard a lot about the vulnerability of American railroads since federal officials discovered vague plans to attack them while searching Osama bin Laden’s compound. But derailing a train is harder than you'd think

Roads are also under scrutiny this week. One new assessment ranks the world’s most dangerous byways; meanwhile, the city of New York is using stick-figure skeletons to convince drivers to slow down. Another new study finds that driving itself is hazardous to your health...

At least one blogger thinks driving is dangerous to something besides your health: that would be your wallet. He finds that Americans work two hours a day just to pay for their cars...

Given all this, you'd think people around here would be jumping at the chance to get out of those cars. Right? Wrong. The Brookings Institution just found that the Bay Area has the 16th best public transit in the nation (San Jose is up at second-best), but just 10% of people take it.