30 Apr '18, 3pm

It's time to make protected bike lanes and sidewalks part of every road design

It's time to make protected bike lanes and sidewalks part of every road design

Crashes, hit-and-runs and now terrorism are killing people who walk and bike; it's time to make the streets safe. Scott Calvert reports in the Wall Street Journal that the number of hit-and-run fatalities has increased 61 percent in the US since 2009. A report by the AAA foundation for traffic safety found that the rate of hit-and-runs was increasing by 7.2 percent per year, now averaging 682,000 per year. Making the laws tougher doesn't appear to make much of a difference; Legal sanctions do not appear to have a deterrent effect when looking at rates of hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities and sentencing guidelines for fatal hit-and-run crashes. For example, states with a maximum prison term of five years have a similar rate of hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities as states with a maximum prison term of 25 years. There is some evidence to suggest that harsher traffic safety law...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/walking/its-time-make-protecte...

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