Posted by b, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm
i wonder what the rate for injuries are for all vehicular accidents. 1 out of 9 might seem high, but if there are 2-3 car accidents per day, i would think more money should also be put towards traffic safety in general.
Posted by good, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm
When there is a pattern of injuries or fatalities in the same location (like the series of pedestrians being killed on California Street), then the city has a responsibility to study the pattern. If well placed street changes can greatly reduce the number of fatalities and injuries, then the city should get them done.
Posted by mike, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Sep 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Responces to injuries, in any field, whether by law enforcement or the population in general, tend to make society safer. A good example could be the rules and regulations forced upon the shipping industry after the Titanic sinking. All of the numerous laws subsequently enacted did indeed make ocean travel safer. Yes, the changes were expensive, and yes, tragic accidents still occured, but we cannot adapt any fatalistic views toward safety.
Safety belts, airbags, stronger vehicle structures, and road design all contribute to lower injuies and fatalities in the auto industry. Cycling advocates simply believe that attention to such details as road design and law enforcement can increase safety.