2003 - Research

Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons from the Netherlands and Germany

Walking and cycling are dangerous ways to get around American cities. Walking and cycling can be made safer, demonstrated by the lower fatality and injury rates in the Netherlands and Germany.

  • Benefits of safer cities include reduced risk of death and injury from walking and cycling, providing valuable exercise options, mobility and independence.
  • This study urges Americans to address the safety issue by public campaigns emphasizing the direct impacts on individuals, their families, and their friends.

Pucher, John and Dijkstra, Lewis. “Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons From The Netherlands and Germany.” Public Health Matters. 93.9 (2003): 1509-1516.