Could Pedestrian Friendly Road Laws Reduce Fatalities?
Pedestrian deaths have become a major cause for concern in the U.S., as they have continued to rise in recent years. Could pedestrian friendly road design help solve the problem? The results from a new study are hopeful.
In 1984, the state of Florida implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates pedestrians and cyclists. The Journal of Public Health calls this type of mandate a “Complete Street” policy. These policies require that all new roads being designed accommodate non-vehicle users. Many states and localities have tried to improve pedestrian safety through add-ons to existing roads, but Complete Street policies are less common.
Florida’s Complete Street Policies Save Lives
In a study conducted by the Safe States Alliance in Atlanta, researchers found that Florida’s Complete Street law led to a significant reduction in pedestrian deaths, when compared with other states. Florida’s fatalities declined by about half a percent more each quarter than in the whole U.S. According to the researchers, that adds up to an estimated 3,500-3,900 additional lives saved over the three decades since the law was implemented.
With pedestrian fatalities continuing to rise in the U.S., Complete Street policies are certainly worth consideration by other states—especially those with high pedestrian fatality rates.
“Sadly, it is becoming increasingly unsafe to walk or bike on U.S. roadways. Changes must be made to make our roads safer for pedestrians,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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