A walk along the road is quite different from a walk in the great outdoors. That's because pedestrians have to keep their eyes open for oncoming cars to avoid getting hit. Two hundred years ago, pedestrian safety wasn't as big of an issue because nearly everyone was a pedestrian unless they were riding on a horse or a horse-driven vehicle. And even then, it was much easier for a pedestrian to jump out of the way and prevent getting struck.
Getting out in the fresh air for a jog is not only fun, but it's great for your health. The only problem -- and it's a very serious problem at that -- is the fact that going for a run exposes you to the risks of getting hit by a car. These kinds of vehicle versus pedestrian crashes often result in catastrophic injuries and death. So, what can you do to avoid getting hit by a car while going for a jog?
Does investing in the appropriate infrastructure actually increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians? Yes, says a new study -- or at least, there's a strong correlation between infrastructure investment and lower rates of traffic fatalities among pedestrian and bicyclists.