Every day across Europe many short trips are made by car that could easily be made on foot or by bike instead. Not only does this increase CO2 emissions, but also contributes to congestion, health problems caused by lack of exercise, traffic accidents and social exclusion. According to some estimates, 5-10% of automobile trips can reasonably be shifted to non-motorised transport in a typical urban area. There are numerous barriers that stop people from walking and cycling more regularly, such as the lack of safe cycle lanes, safe pedestrian crossings or secure cycle parking. While the most basic infrastructure measures are quite common, innovative measures can overcome these barriers that will lead to the "safety in numbers” effect: an increase in the number of people walking and cycling leads to higher levels of awareness by other road users and, in turn, to greater safety for those cycling or walking. These measures should be developed in an integrated planning strategy for non-motorised transport.
Published on 28 Feb 2013
Updated on 28 Feb 2013