As driving remains as a top mode of transportation in the U.S., pedestrians are increasingly at risk of injury and death — What are we doing about it? Will Asbury Park experience “bikelash” for additional bike lanes, complaints from drivers for possible slower, calmed traffic? Or will residents and visitors realize that Asbury Park is becoming a model of a city that builds infrastructure to save lives, and improve quality of life for everyone…?
The opiod epidemic grabs headlines and gun deaths have brought about calls for regulation.
The rate of traffic deaths has continued to rise but little is actually being done in the US to address the problem as a national health crisis.
America’s Car Culture is Literally Shortening Your Life: Study
The U.S. has been falling behind its peer nations on traffic safety and now life expectancy as well. There’s a connection. Graph: WHO
“So while the opioid addiction grabs headlines, cars have quietly remained a leading killer. In 2015, for example, the U.S. traffic fatality rate jumped 9 percent. And in 2016, it jumped again 5.6 percent, wiping out nearly a decade of improvements. It was the biggest two-year jump in 50 years.