Comment 32924

By JonC (registered) | Posted August 19, 2009 at 07:38:42

It's not a dedicated slow lane, it's a dedicated safe lane....

http://www.who.int/violence_injury_preve...

"Vulnerable road users are at additional risk where their needs have not been taken into consideration during the planning of land use or road construction. In many countries roads are planned and built to allow motor vehicles to travel faster while insufficient thought is given to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, which means that these vulnerable road users face increasing risks in using and crossing the roads"

Even in Sweden where the "model of road safety is frequently cited as good" and used as the upper basis in the WHO report, "road traffic crashes are responsible for 20% of deaths of children aged between 5 and 19". If you were curious as to why their planning is cited as a good system, it is because the "road safety policy adopted in the late 1990s is based on an understanding that the environment needs to be modified to take account of humans' lack of tolerance to mechanical forces and the human tendency to make errors." Also, globally collisions are the #2 leading cause of death for those between ages 5 & 29 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/rele...

For statistical reference "Pedestrians have a 90% chance of surviving a car crash at 30 km/h or below, but less than a 50% chance of surviving impacts of 45 km/h or above"

If you'd prefer, we can slow all of traffic down to accommodate my desire to live.

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