Making Walking and Biking Safer

November 11, 2021

Under the new federal infrastructure bill, communities will receive major funding to improve safety for people who walk, bike, or use other nonautomotive means to get around. For some practical guidance, policymakers can look to ideas in Issues from researchers who used Philadelphia’s JFK Boulevard to study how safety methodologies can protect walkers, cyclists, and electric scooter riders on urban streets designed for cars. One key, Megan S. Ryerson and her colleagues write, is to shift from privileging the needs of automotive users to proactively and fully considering the experience and perspectives of cyclists, pedestrians, and other nonmotorists.

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