Poor Roads Threaten Low-Income Neighborhoods

Angie Schmitt reports on the results of a new study tying low-income neighborhoods to much higher rates of pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist injuries.

The study, published recently in the American Journal of Public Health, tracked the rates of injury for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in Montreal over a five-year period. As Schmitt notes, "They found pedestrians living in low-income neighborhoods were more than six times more likely to be injured by a moving vehicle than those from high-income neighborhoods." Injury rates for motorists and cyclists in such areas were higher as well, with each around four times as likely to be injured as those in high-income neighborhoods.

"The reason, researchers said, was 'exposure to traffic.' The study found that low-income neighborhoods were more likely to contain major arterials and four-way intersections - two of the biggest risk factors for those traveling by any mode. The study also found low-income neighborhoods were subject to traffic volumes 2.4 times greater than high-income - one of the best predictors of injury."

Full Story: Study: Low-Income Neighborhoods Much More Likely to Have Dangerous Roads

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