Incorporating walking, running or cycling into your routine is a great way to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, these activities sometimes come with safety concerns. With 250 pedestrian fatalities between 2008 and 2017, Delaware was the third most dangerous state for walkers on U.S. streets. What can we be doing better to help stop these needless deaths?
Bill Farquhar, professor of kinesiology and applied physiology at UD, discusses this issue in a recent article co-authored with Angela Smith. Farquhar and Smith argue that more well-marked bicycle and pedestrian lanes are needed throughout Delaware to promote active transportation.
“Given the health and economic benefits of increased physical activity, it makes sense to design streets and roadways that promote active transport,” write Farquhar and Smith. “These improvements will not occur overnight, but will require many years of roadway upgrades to accommodate walkers, joggers, cyclists, and other rollers.”