Several major cities in the USA, such as New York, are laudably working towards the same immensely important target, known as ‘Vision Zero’.
This 3-stage pedestrian crossing in Oslo goes over four lanes of traffic and tram lines, plus a bus lane, and has two safety islands to break it all up into manageable sections. (Copyright image, 2019. All rights reserved.)
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According to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten (
translation here), in 1975, 41 people died in traffic crashes in Oslo, but in 2019 only one person, a car driver, suffered that fate. And the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed in the city in 2019? …… Zero!
A large proportion of Oslo’s city streets are limited to 30kmh (19mph), main rural roads are 60kmh (37mph) and between cities, most of the divided highways have a limit of just 90kmh (56mph), although a few are 110kmh (69mph). So much for the facile argument that lowered speed limits don’t help save lives! (Copyright image, 2019. All rights reserved.)
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