Diane Burko, “USA COVID” (2020)

US Roadway Deaths Rising

November 28, 2022

The United States, unlike nearly all other developed nations, is experiencing a continued rise in roadway deaths, the New York Times reports. And the impact hits hardest among especially vulnerable groups including pedestrians and cyclists. In Issues, Megan S. Ryerson and her colleagues describe how research, such as their biometric studies of how walkers, cyclists, and electric scooter riders navigate Philadelphia’s busy JFK Boulevard, can help identify policy and technology remedies. At heart, the authors write, solutions will require shifting “the character of roadways to become spaces not solely for automobiles but shared by diverse users.”

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