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Making Walking and Cycling Safer: Lessons from Europe

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  • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
    From: John Pucher [mailto:pucher@email.rci.rutgers.edu] Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2000 1:52 PM To: postmaster@ecoplan.org Forthcoming article in SUMMER 2000
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      From: John Pucher [mailto:pucher@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2000 1:52 PM
      To: postmaster@...

      Forthcoming article in SUMMER 2000 TRANSPORTATION QTLY,
      Vol. 54, No. 3:

      TITLE: Making Walking and Cycling Safer: Lessons from Europe
      AUTHORS: John Pucher and Lewis Dijkstra
      PUBLICATION: Transportation Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 3,
      summer 2000 issue, forthcoming
      The neglect of pedestrian and bicycling safety in the United States
      has made these modes dangerous ways of getting around. Pedestrian
      fatalities are 36 times higher than car occupant fatalities per km
      traveled, and bicycling fatalities are 11 times higher than car
      occupant fatalities per km. Walking and bicycling can be made quite
      safe, however, as clearly shown by the much lower fatality rates in
      The Netherlands and Germany. Pedestrian fatalities per billion km
      walked are less than a tenth as high as in the United States, and
      bicyclist fatalities per billion km cycled are only a fourth as high.
      The Netherlands and Germany have long recognized the importance of
      pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Over the past two decades, these
      countries have undertaken a wide range of measures to improve safety:
      better facilities for walking and bicycling; urban design sensitive to
      the needs of non-motorists; traffic calming of residential
      neighborhoods; restrictions on motor vehicle use in cities; rigorous
      traffic education of both motorists and non-motorists; and strict
      enforcement of traffic regulations protecting pedestrians and
      bicyclists. The United States could adopt many of the same measures
      to improve pedestrian and bicycling safety here. The necessary
      technology and methods are already available, with decades of
      successful experience in Europe.

      Anyone interested in obtaining a preprint version as a PDF file
      should send an email to PUCHER@.... OR
      you can directly access the PDF file at the Rutgers University
      website: http://policy.rutgers.edu/papers
      (just click on working papers #10 and #11)

      Otherwise, keep an eye out for the summer 2000 issue of TQ.
      You will probably want to see that issue anyway, since it will
      contain many photos not included in the PDF preprint version, and it
      will also benefit from better formatting.

      John Pucher
      Department of Urban Planning
      Rutgers University, Bloustein School
      33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 302
      New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901--1900
      Fax: 732-932-2253
      Phone: 732-932-3822, ext. 722
      email: pucher@...
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