Comment 116172

By CharlesBall (registered) | Posted January 20, 2016 at 10:01:04

This is not exactly on point but I love the statistics aspect of this. Today in the Go section of the Spec was story that show that the long term studies now in prove that at home midwife assisted birthing more than doubles the mortality rate of newborns. my suspicion as to why this is not a front page story is that it is because the number is up by 2/100,000. In other words, you can say that the death rate is double, but is remains very small. Similarly in Hamilton, if you halved the death ate of cyclists and pedestrians spending millions of dollars to do so, you might save 4 lives per year - or less than 1/100,000. If it went to zero it would be 8. or about .75.

I say reduce the speed limit in some areas, increase it in others and use photo radar with points (like in the UK.) People will slow down and pay attention when you put their licenses at risk. Continue to make reasonable accommodation for bicycle traffic.

I am all for zero death. But at what expense? And can we really get there? And not to be too cheeky, as per @JasonL in a comment above, what does Manhattan or Sweden have to do with Hamilton?

Comment edited by CharlesBall on 2016-01-20 10:01:53

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