“Most other U.S. cities are not seeing the same decline. But European cities are.”
Greg Raisman, with Portland’s Department of Transportation notes, “By really thinking about having a multi-modal system where people are walking and biking and taking transit. What that means is that car drivers really have to operate their vehicles as lot more defensively. Be a lot more aware and cognizant of what is happening around them. And it results in them driving more safely and as a result it becomes safer for the people in the cars as well.”
All of which confirms everything we’ve championed here at BFOC:
Bicycle infrastructure increases ridership.
Ridership increases awareness.
Awareness increases safety.
It’s as simple as that.