Atlanta Infrastructure, Rapid Growth Jeopardize Bicyclist, Pedestrian Safety

Jul 17, 2019

Atlanta police are cracking down on scooters after at least one death and hundreds of injuries. It's illegal to ride them on sidewalks or to violate other traffic laws while riding.

The focus might be shifting to electric powered two-wheelers, but collisions involving traditional bikes, cars and pedestrians are on the rise across the U.S. and in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commision reports a 53% jump in such accidents between 2006 and 2015. The number of related serious injuries or fatalities went up by 26% in that time.

Thomas Wheatley is articles editor for Atlanta Magazine and wrote an article covering the issue of rising bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in Atlanta. He joined On Second Thought to discuss the causes of increased collisions — and efforts to reduce them.

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