Transforming Transportation: Toward Sustainable Mobility for All
SUBMITTED BY JOSE LUIS IRIGOYEN ON WED, 01/11/2017
Personal cars were a 20th century symbol of prosperity, but in the 21st century, they contribute to three pernicious trends:
- Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Globally, about 1.25 million people die each year because of road traffic crashes. Ninety percent of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have only about 50% of the world’s vehicles. Half of these global road fatalities occur among the most vulnerable populations: pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. As if a fatality in itself is not devastating enough, road traffic fatalities cause economic losses to the victim’s family and society: traffic crashes cost countries between 3 and 5% of their GDP.
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