Comment 101541

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted May 22, 2014 at 16:56:10 in reply to Comment 101533

Paris has extremely high densities of both pedestrians and automobiles. It has also had a longstanding incremental policy of encouraging walking (for example by pedestrianizing streets) and has implement "car free Sundays" in some neighbourhoods for over ten years.

I'm not sure what the statistics are for central Paris, but for greater Paris (Ile de France) http://www.lejdd.fr/JDD-Paris/A-Paris-la... says that there are 41 million trips made each day, of which 38% are by car and 20% by transit (the remainder would be walking or cycling). On average, each resident spends 33 minutes in their car and makes 1.5 car trips per day.

There are still lots of people driving, but there are also lots of people walking in central Paris and car traffic is very heavy.

The primary objective of the speed limit reduction is to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths, and secondarily to attempt to reduce air pollution.

It is interesting that Paris is making major changes to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths, despite already having a very low rate compared to Hamilton (for example).

As I pointed out before http://raisethehammer.org/comment/70796 Paris, with a resident population of 2.2 million (much higher during the day) and sidewalks crammed with pedestrians had only 18 pedestrian deaths last year (no children). In comparison, Hamilton with a much smaller population and enormously fewer pedestrians had an average of about 6 pedestrian deaths per year between 1991 and 2010 http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/E8EE...

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