Graphic Friday: Safety In Numbers, Change Through Numbers
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Contrary to some of the fears I’ve seen expressed (PlanforTC comments), as the numbers of people on bicycles increases, the trend is that crash rates decline, not increase. The latest data crunching to support this is out of Minneapolis.
This happens, in part, through the increased visibility of cyclists and people on foot when active living becomes more common. Which, in turn, also increases the numbers as nothing is better for changing behaviors than…more people changing their behavior.
Despite our rugged individualism, we remain human and humans are innately social animals who strive to be perceived normal. Driving a 2-ton motorized transportation pod to buy a gallon of milk is only normal because people do it, not because it makes sense.