Thursday, April 02 2009 @ 09:53 AM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
-- Russ Lopez, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
-> "Although the U.S. has improved traffic safety in many ways, we're not doing as well as many other countries. Prior to the mid 1960s, the U.S. enjoyed the greatest level of traffic safety in the world by any measure; whereas today, the U.S. has fallen behind most of Western Europe in terms of fatalities per mile driven, and ranks near the bottom of the OECD in terms of traffic fatalities per capita. The evidence suggests that these countries have achieved -- and are still achieving -- greater safety gains than the United States. Experts believe this is because they are willing to set more ambitious safety performance goals than we are, and because they are willing to do more to achieve them."
-- J. Peter Kissinger, President and CEO, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
"Improving Traffic Safety Culture in the United States - The Journey Forward" 2007 (2.5mb pdf)
-> "A lot of people like the freedom and individualism of the private car. But I think the difference you find in Europe is that people do own cars, they're just not enslaved to them for any and every trip. They're much more judicious and selective when they use the car or don't."
-- Robert Cervero, Director, University of California Transportation Center
-> "Travel on all roads and streets declined by 3.1 percent (-7 billion vehicle miles) in January 2009 as compared with January 2008. Travel for the month is estimated to be 222.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2009 was down by 3.1 percent (-7 billion vehicle miles)."
-- Traffic Volume Trends: January 2009, FHWA
-> "The Canadian Medical Association Journal has estimated that the annual economic burden of physical inactivity is $5.3 billion ($1.6 billion in direct costs and $3.7 billion in indirect costs). As one example, Environment Canada estimated the average medical costs associated with a hospital admission for respiratory illness at $3,000, with an additional $1,000 in lost wages and worker production."
-- "The Links between Public Health and Sustainable and Active Transportation," Transport Canada