Who Owns the Roads? How Motorised Traffic Discourages Walking and Bicycling

This study uses a literature review to examine the impact of traffic on levels of walking and bicycling. Results show that walking and bicycling are discouraged by the real and perceived danger and discomfort imposed by traffic. Accurately or not, pedestrians and bicyclists judge injury risk and respond accordingly. Although it can be difficult to measure these effects, observed behavior provides good evidence for these effects, with the strongest association being an inverse correlation between volumes and speeds of traffic and levels of walking and cycling. These findings indicate that making traffic less dangerous and more pleasant through interventions such as traffic calming can encourage bicycling and walking.


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  • Accession Number: 01149087
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 26 2010 11:52AM