We are sacrificing the right to walk

by Volker Weber

In 2011, Raquel Nelson was convicted of vehicular homicide following the death of her four-year-old son. Nelson, it’s crucial to note, was not driving. She didn’t even own a car. She and her three children were crossing a busy four-lane road from a bus stop to their apartment building in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Fascinating reading for somebody who walks everywhere.

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I find it especially interesting how jaywalking is illegal in the USA. As far as I know, in Germany you only have to use crosswalks when you are within a certain distance to them.

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-08-25

I find streets in US awfully pedestrian unfriendly once you leave the city centers.

Patrick Bohr, 2015-08-25

Realy glad i live in the UK now, although still not enough Cycle paths

David Guillaume, 2015-08-25

That's really shocking.

I was on holidays in Holland this summer, and I was surprised to hear that their perfect cycle path infrastructure is younger than I am, the situation in the late 1960s in Holland was as it is now in America. There were a number of high-profile child deaths because of car accidents, and they tried out changing the infrastructure in two cities, the Hague and Tilburg. Bicycle ownership shot up.


So, if any american friends are reading this, it's in your power to make these changes too. Might help the waistline problem at the same time!

Andrew Magerman, 2015-08-27

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