Focusing on bicycling and motorcycling
My County Engineer has said that he was taught to not put in marked crosswalks unless it was likely to be used by a lot of pedestrians. The rationale was that a perpetually empty crosswalk would "train" motorists to ignore its presence and therefore put the occasional ped at risk, while a well-worn crosswalk would "train" motorists to watch out for peds. I imagine the same argument can be made for bike lanes. I hope so, because we are building a bunch.I would presume that somewhere there is a study that focuses on more than just correlation statistics to explain this "safety in numbers" hypothesis/theory.
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