American academics call for protected cycle lanes as Donald Trump looks to rebuild transport infrastructure
November 13 2016
America’s transport infrastructure is “like a third-world country” according to the president-elect – will his proposed rebuild include cycle lanes though?…
Academics in America are calling for protected bikeways to be implemented as research in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) states that the US tops the list of high-income countries with the greatest number of cyclists injured or killed per kilometer ridden.
But what does the prospect of such infrastructure being implemented look like as the country prepares for a presidential hand-over and the beginning of controversial President-elect Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House?
The research presented in the AJPH states that cycling infrastructure investment – specifically in “bicycle infrastructure with physical separation from motor vehicles” – is needed to achieve a “Vision Zero” goal of no road deaths.
The research from John Pucher and Ralph Buehler of Rutgers University and Virginia Tech respectively, highlights a number of US cities that have invested in cycling infrastructure to differing degrees, and the effect that investment has had on bicycle trips and fatalities.