|ODOT spin: "Freeways...less congested"|
|ODOT documentation on Pandemic Travel Patterns|
April 10th, and April 17th
|Salem speeding - via Twitter (comment added)|
|Racing also a problem - this in Portland|
|But air pollution is down|
|They're all about speed and free-flow,|
but what about crash reduction, hmm?
|For each person who dies, eight are hospitalized|
and 100 go to the ER
|Total "societal harm" adds even more to the cost|
- "Three Reasons to Doubt the Costs of Congestion"
- "NHTSA: A Year of "Accidents" Cost More than one Fortune 500 Company is Worth"
|UC Davis Report on crashes|
|A hospital system ad|
Loss, thanks, and the empty highways
But if we are going to look dispassionately at the effects of reduced car travel, there are benefits in better air and less carbon pollution, and benefits in fewer crashes and injuries. As we structure an economic recovery, we should remember that the economic benefit comes from people and their mobility, and people can move around a city and between cities in ways other than merely drive-alone trips. The cars themselves don't spend the money. Cars are a tool we overuse, and other tools can solve much of the mobility problem without the negative externalities.
|This concept is still available|