The Traffic Trade-Off

Fewer cars on the road during the pandemic has meant cleaner air, but not necessarily fewer traffic deaths. Can we have both?

The drop in car travel as a result of the global pandemic has spurred optimistic conversations about our ability to combat climate change and reenvision our cities.

But speed is a serious “invisible threat, a hidden enabler” undermining those efforts, Ms. Adriazola-Steil said. “If you have more people able to walk and bike, it will be a huge gain in terms of climate change, but if we want cities to be more sustainable, you have to reduce the speed of cars.”

Read the entire New York Times article here.
By Tanya Mohn

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