Last post identified the problem: US traffic-related pedestrian and cyclist injuries/deaths are at a 40-year high - and the US is an outlier relatively to other 1st world countries.
Here are 5 "common sense" reasons gathered and collated from a combination of CDC (Center for Disease Control), NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration), WHO (World Health Organization) sources and more:
“invisibility” - cyclists and pedestrians wearing clothes that blend with the road (as shown in the left side of the picture above)
distracted driving (cell phones and more)
more people using the road for exercise, especially over the past 2-3 years (COVID-related)
drivers not yielding to non-motorized traffic
Inadequate pedestrian/cyclist road and road-separate infrastructure
We know the numbers and why they are so high. Now, what are we going to do about it?
For Breitz! and me, another cross country car/bike road trip: this time with a lot more grit. More about that soon.