In a society that gives priority to keeping the traffic moving at speed (time is money), little consideration is often given to the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists. Road safety is still mostly about the safety of vehicle occupants. Yet it is the vulnerable road users and not the vehicle occupants that mostly get hurt in a collision.
The hare and the tortoise is a story of a car rushing to the next set of red lights with the cyclist catching up. The paradox of modern cities is that a car at peak hour can be the slowest way to get around.
The joy of a house in the suburbs can be short-lived should public transport and cycling infrastructure be lacking. The financial and health costs of car dependence and long commute times can push a household to the edge. Urban sprawl can entrench disadvantage.
Navigating roads is a challenge for cyclists and pedestrians – both the very old and young are particularly vulnerable. The ways to make roads safer for children is the topic of the article There are ways to reduce injuries in kids that don’t involve wrapping them in cotton wool.
Cycling infrastructure is underfunded. No surprise there. The article “Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery – but not with less than 2% of transport budgets” discusses the problem. Cycling infrastructure is a good investment at any time.
Cycling injuries are far more common than fatalities.
I20-minute neighbourhoods are an interesting urban planning idea to decentralise the population from the city centres by making the local area more liveable.