Safety in Numbers

Jens Erik Gould
May 13 · 1 min read

It turns out to be true that there’s safety in numbers, at least when it comes to cyclists and pedestrians in large American cities.

The more people who bike and walk to work, the safer those alternative modes of transport become, according to a report published by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group Alliance for Biking & Walking.

Researchers found that the percentage of commuters who cycle in large U.S. cities grew from an average of 0.7 percent in 2005 to 1.0 percent in 2012, while the proportion of pedestrians increased from 4.5 percent to 5.0 percent during that period.

At the same time, the number of cyclist and pedestrian fatalities fell. Researchers also found that the fatality rate among cyclists and pedestrians was lower in cities where more people bike or walk to work.

Jens Erik Gould

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Jens Erik Gould is a former correspondent @bloomberg | Former contributor @nytimes, @TIME, @NPR | Bravery Tapes creator.

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