ROADSIDE AIR POLLUTION: NEW EVIDENCE AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS FOR BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PLANNING

Convincing evidence demonstrates that pedestrian and bicyclist exposure to roadside air pollution may create serious long-run health effects, including degenerative respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and increased susceptibility to some cancers. In suburban areas, a number of techniques can be used to reduce exposure to roadside air pollution even for cycle tracks along traffic arteries. However, where pedestrian and cycle traffic already exists along major arteries, the possibility of reducing accidental deaths and injury may justify the facilities even though long-run exposure to disease is increased. In congested areas such as central business districts, the only really promising approach to encouraging safe, healthful, and effective bicycle-pedestrian travel involves restricting driving and developing alternative transportation systems. For bicycle and improved pedestrian modes (i.e. For trips of one-quarter to one mile in distance) to save energy, reduce air pollution, and provide transportation flexibility in congested areas such as cbs's, they should be closely integrated with public transit, outlying parking areas, pedestrian precincts, and other areas where motor vehicles are restricted. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Federation of Pedestrian Assoc

    Passage 61 III
    S-Gravenhage,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Everett, M
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00136446
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Norwegian State Highway Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1976 12:00AM