There are two ways for governments to ensure the safety of cyclists. The first option, adopted by civilised countries, is to build bicycle-friendly infrastructure, to enact legislation that favours sustainable modes of transport, to design cities that focus on humans first and motor vehicles last.This inevitably leads to favourable outcomes for all citizens – fewer cars on the road; better public transport; the empowerment of children who can cycle to school instead of being chaperoned by parents; clean air from a decrease in vehicle emissions, and better health outcomes for those who choose to cycle instead of drive. No longer are roads a battleground between cyclists and frustrated motorists. When infrastructure is built that creates a safe haven for cyclists, we see children, women, old people … everyone riding a bicycle. You only need to look to the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands as positive examples of what can be achieved when governments choose to focus on human-centred outcomes.
Source: Fewer people are cycling in Sydney – the NSW government is pleased with itself | Steven Herrick | Australia news | The Guardian