Comment 116809

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 04, 2016 at 08:17:19 in reply to Comment 116759

An important point to bear in mind is that rates of walking have declined very sharply in the last 20-30 years. This is seen most clearly in the drop in percentage of children walking to school: from 80% in 1970 to 30% today. Adult walking has also decreased. This big decrease in rates of walking is clearly a big part of the decline in pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

There are costs associated with calming traffic and improving pedestrian safety, but these need to be weighed against the costs of deaths and injuries and traffic accidents:

'The annual social costs of the motor vehicle collisions in terms of loss of life, medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost productivity, and property damage are measured in tens of billions of dollars.'

And add to this the tens of millions spent in Hamilton annually on new road construction to cater to the 'drive everywhere' paradigm.

That's a lot of savings to balance the cost of traffic calming.

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