on April 28, 2013 :
As one would expect, this report is well written and presented. For that aspect, it deserves plenty of stars. Its opening remarks are also very simple and clear: road casualties cost dear in all senses.
What it covers, it covers well. It is short, much shorter than the WHO report of 2013 which it quotes from. It mentions all the obvious classes of road users, if only briefly in some cases (children, old people) and all the obvious measures which might make each individual road user less likely to cause or be hurt in a road crash.
Its weakness is by omission. It does not say that the simplest way to reduce road injuries would be to use roads less, or less dangerously. Travel by car is not as dangerous as downhill skiing, but it is more dangerous per passenger mile than almost any other way: bus, scheduled aircraft, or train. Most of the hazard in walking and cycling arises from motor vehicles on shared roads, not intrinsically from walking or cycling. This report mentions the need to plan roads for safety, but it does not make prominent mention of more general planning. Well designed cities make other forms of travel easy and pleasant. Planning where people may live and work and buy food and go to school, so that normal life does not have to involve a car, can save many lives.
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