Blog: Dave LeggettSafety observations: cars, cyclists and pedestrians

Dave Leggett | 20 November 2014

Some interesting observations here on road safety, its costs and the risks you may run if you choose to cycle or walk, rather than drive, in some places. Also, there are some interesting historical and economic factors that will have shaped those risks and your associated safety. Safety comes with costs and improving the "safety" of the motorised vehicle with fancy passive/active safety tech is only a part of the wider picture when considering all road users.

Reminds me of an occasion a few years ago when I walked to a local bar near my hotel in Dearborn. Let's just say that even though the distance was less than half a mile, probably took about 10 minutes and I was in a built-up area, choosing to walk along busy roads that I discovered came without pavements (or sidewalks) probably had me marked down by passing drivers as some kind of crazy.

Economist Blog: Cycling in Florida: Uneasy rider

Sectors: Vehicle markets

NEWS

VW offers diesel scrappage incentives in Germany

The Volkswagen brand in Germany has launched a diesel scrappage scheme applicable to Euro 1- to Euro 5-compliant diesel vehicles. The move came in the same week German regulators fined VW Group premiu...

NEWS

Malaysia sales plunge 24% in September

The Malaysian new vehicle market plunged by 24% to 31,241 units in September from already depressed year earlier sales of 40,956 units, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA)....

BLOG

Colossal China powers on

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country....

NEWS

Indonesia sales rise 6% in September

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in September, by 6.2% to 93,103 units from 87,696 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Ga...

BLOG

China Hot Pot

Given the startling complexity of obtaining a journalist visa for China - the code 'J2' is now indelibly stamped on my mind - it was with some surprise how swiftly I managed to sail through airport im...



Forgot your password?