Report Updates Findings On “Safety In Numbers”

SafetyInNumbersA new report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials updates the “safety in numbers” evidence showing that risk to all road users declines as the number of people cycling grows.

Past research has shown conclusively that almost 2/3 of people would cycle more but they hesitate for fear for their safety when mixing with motorized traffic, that protected bike lanes are the preferred facility for this group, and that indeed large uptakes in cycling occur when such lanes are built.  NACTO’s report rounds this out with new research tying the larger numbers to lower overall risk, evidenced by declining injury rates.
Read the Streetsblog report here, and the NACTO report here (PDF).

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.