31 Dec '11, 3pm

More Cities Turning Off Street Lights: Good For Environment & Taxpayers... But For Bicyclists?

threefingeredlord /CC BY 2.0 The value of street lighting. There is simply no peer-reviewed, unbiased research supporting the notion that street lights alone can reduce crime. The expectation that artificial lighting can by itself reduce crime also defies common sense. If indoor crimes or crimes in a commercially-lit parking lot are included the general crime data (as I assume they generally are), the stats will never correlate strongly. Cities like Killadelphia, PA have seen crime rates go up and crime rates down over the years, while street lighting was held pretty much constant on city-wide average. In other words, assertions that cities have to 'keep the lights on to keep crime down' are unsupportable. With municipal budgets severely strained by the economy, superstitions about lighting lowering crime are being inadvertently tested on large scale, as more cities turn o...

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