Report: Taking transit a little more makes all of us safer - Mobility Lab

Organizations in the transportation industry are obsessed with safety.

When those organizations are heavily focused on cars, drivers, and highways, that makes a lot of sense.

And while safety is obviously still important for people on transit and on bikes and feet, unless cars get in those people’s way, those people are largely extremely safe.

Still, it’s not surprising that so many people have a fear or concern when they hear their loved ones are preparing to walk or bike somewhere. Transportation organizations largely feed that perception with an endless barrage of mindless safety messages. Their time and money would be much better spent on actually inspiring people to take transit or try walking and biking.

We’ve reported before on earlier research that has shown that transit trips are 10 times safer per mile than car trips (with one study finding that heavy and light rail is about 30 times safer than driving).

A new study by the American Public Transportation Association convincingly backs all this up some more. As reported in Government Technology Future Structure:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 37,400 traffic deaths in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase above the previous year. And the number of traffic deaths per 100,000 people in major cities tend to fall as the number of transit trips per capita increases.

“Simply put, a small increase in public transit use can result in a dramatic decrease in traffic fatalities,” Skoutelas said.

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