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From what I've heard, 30-35 miles per hour is the number at which the incidence of death between a car and pedestrian collision goes way up. Roads have continuously been designed for more than that in the suburbs whatever speed limit might be posted, so drivers avail themselves of the open roads and make crossing the street a fatal proposition, ear buds or not. While I might have stopped short of saying "we" are killing people, there's no denying that the focus on road design ought to be more balanced towards the kind of communities more and more americans are sdking for. This might elicit another volley from the "war against the car" crowd but I think a closer appraisal would show that we've been designing for cars at the expense of pedestrians for more than 50 years now. It's time to tip the scales for a while, especially considering the shifting economics. Come to think about it, maybe that's why municipalities are doing this on their own.

by Thayer-D on Dec 1, 2012 8:35 pm • linkreport

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