Comment 38577

By bike lanes (anonymous) | Posted March 04, 2010 at 07:30:11

It all goes together: once you get more people cycling and walking there is more pressure for improved road conditions, and drivers are more careful and respectful of pedestrians and cyclists because there are more of them. And then more people start walking and cycling, and the total number of accidents drop. It's a virtuous cycle (pardon the pun).

The message is that the best way to increase pedestrian and cycling safety is to implement policies that actual encourage more cycling and walking. Traffic calming and bike lanes are two such policies.

Examples of policies that don't work include simply exhorting more people to walk and cycle (as is done here), ticketing jaywalkers and cyclists or enacting mandatory helmet laws for cyclists (almost no one wears a helmet in the Netherlands or Germany).

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