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Safety in Numbers

Posted on | June 30, 2009 | No Comments

A study commissioned by the Pasadena City Council found that where, or when, more people walk or bicycle, the less likely any of them are to be injured by motorists.

traffic safety graphsThe less motorists are accustomed to having to share the road with pedestrians or cyclists the more likely they are to hit them.

found via a comment on the Velo Orange blog.

original article: Safety in numbers: more walkers and bicyclists, safer walking and bicycling (PDF file)

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  1. Lyle
    July 2nd, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    There is a causality question. The data can equally be interpreted as “the safer it is to walk and bike, the more people will do it.”

  2. ruedatropical
    July 2nd, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    Lyle, In places where cyclists are rare, drivers are not accustomed to sharing the road with bicycles and often feel they don’t belong on the road making for a more dangerous environment for cyclists. In these localities casual cyclists tend to ride on the sidewalks.

    The more cyclists, the more drivers accommodate their presence and the more casual cyclists feel it’s OK to be on the road as it is so commonplace to see cyclists in traffic.

    I don’t think the average citizen is aware of how statistically safe or unsafe cycling is but if there are always lots of cyclists in the street it’s is more likely to be regarded as a normal and safe activity.

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