Across the U.S., cities are encouraging residents to walk and bike more, but these activities can be deadly.
That’s because roads are still dominated by fast-moving vehicular traffic. Since 2010, cyclist fatalities have increased by 25%, and pedestrian deaths have skyrocketed by 45%.
Motorists in many cities are able to turn onto streets at intersections where pedestrians are crossing. Most pedestrians and bicyclists are killed or injured while they are obeying the law.
Several measures could reduce the number of deaths. Automobile manufacturers could make vehicles less threatening to pedestrians and bicyclists by reducing the height of front bumpers. Cities could make streets safer with speed limit reductions, traffic calming measures, and better education for all road users.