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Instead of police randomly enforcing traffic laws, cameras and smart design could make safer streets

29 Jun 2020

Part of reallocating police budgets could involve taking the bias out of traffic stops and instead doing real work to change our streets.

In New York City, police issue more criminal summonses for cycling on the sidewalk in Black and Latino neighborhoods than in white ones. Those neighborhoods, it turns out, tend to lack protected bike lanes, and research has shown that when a protected bike lane is available, the prevalence of sidewalk cycling plummets by as much as 94%. What if the money spent on that sort of policing was used instead to build safe bicycling infrastructure, so people didn’t feel like it was necessary to ride on the sidewalk in the first place?


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