Fatalities decreasing is a good thing but I also wonder how the crash rate is going. It appears to me that drivers are still careless and crashing a lot but better designed cars, improved emergency response and medical treatment mean that more people survive a crash instead of die as they would have 20 years. Are there any reports that delve a bit deeper into that? How's the rate of permanent disability caused by road crashes going?
Note that in the cycling crashes, various research (Monash & others) has shown that 75-85% of cases of bike Vs. car crashes or incidents it was the car driver at fault. Designers & asset owners need to properly provide for all road users instead of only thinking about cars as I see done far too often. There's too much ignorance and discrimination against pedestrians, cyclists and the disabled which is self-defeating. Traffic congestion would not be as bad & governments would save money in many ways (road construction, road maintenance, air pollution related illness and health. It's actually better for business too.) if more people walked or cycled instead of drove everywhere. I notice the ACT has a very low death/population rate. Doesn't Canberra have a very extensive network of pathways for cyclists and pedestrians? I wonder how their bike & pedestrian crash rates & participation rates are compared to other areas who do not have good pathway provision?
Qld and some other states allow footpath cycling. While some pedestrians will always complain about cyclists, (complaining about cyclists seems to be one of the last remaining forms of acceptable discrimination in this country) the reported bike Vs. pedestrian crashes in my area are very low even though footpath usage by slower bikes (not the lycra racers) is high. I wonder if fewer people would die or be injured and if more people would be game to cycle instead of drive if the southern states would allow footpath cycling as per the model Australian Road Rules?
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