There’s a new study out from Rutgers University that
While the gut reaction for some might be to blame suburban sprawl, the study indicates that safety is the chief concern. “Children, women and seniors are just not going to cycle on a busy arterial street,” Pucher says, but men may be less risk-averse, the research suggests. … Walking is a somewhat safer option, but barriers still exist. Pucher contrasts the American trends with northern Europe, where there are just as many women and children cyclists and pedestrians as there are men. But the difference isn’t only cultural. It’s also a matter of infrastructure. Many Americans live in communities where there aren’t sufficient pedestrian facilities.
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