Cambridge Plans A Livable Community

Improving the safety of the transportation network is an ongoing challenge, especially because many people still think of safety only in terms of vehicle occupants. However, of the 43,443 people killed by vehicles on U.S. highways in 2005, 13.5% were nonoccupants, a group composed mainly of pedestrians and bicyclists. A number of urban areas increasingly feature sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and other amenities for non motorists as part of a sustainable transportation landscape. But, in order to sustain safety, communities that are encouraging people to walk or bike on streets dominated by vehicles will need to make the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists a priority. This article highlights the efforts of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has been able to successfully foster improved pedestrian and bicyclist safety by employing a blend of multidisciplinary collaboration, aggressive policies, and innovative engineering approaches. The goal in Cambridge was accomplished by shifting away from automobile use to other modes of transportation, such as bicycling, walking, and using public transit.


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  • Accession Number: 01042199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2007 1:33AM