Comment 123656

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted September 05, 2018 at 16:13:56

Meanwhile, in The Netherlands, streets keep getting safer because the Dutch government keeps redesigning and rebuilding them to be safer. Which, among other things, saves a lot of money.

All levels of government in The Netherlands spend a not-so-whopping 35 euros (about $53) per person annually on cycling infrastructure. It is useful to compare that to the City of Hamilton's vision zero webpage which reports that the average yearly cost of traffic crashes in Hamilton is $608 million per year. Estimating Hamilton's population at 540,000 gives a per person annual cost of $1,126. That is the financial cost per person of deaths, injuries and property damage due to traffic violence.

Yes, I am willing to spend $53 to save $1,126. Not to mention all the deaths and injuries!

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