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More than 1.2 million people die on the world’s roads every year, and as many as 50 million others are injured. Over 90 percent of the deaths occur in low-income and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, by 2030 road traffic will become the leading cause of death or injury among children in developing countries. Many of the measures currently in place that aim to reduce road traffic deaths are aimed at protecting car passengers and drivers, yet over half of those killed each year are pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers in public transport.
Designing infrastructure with the protection of pedestrians and cyclists in mind, enhancing public transport, and improving automobile behavior on the roads reduces injuries and creates safer, more livable communities.