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The effectiveness of dedicated cycling facilities: perceived and objective risk
  1. Tony H Reinhardt-Rutland
  1. Correspondence to Tony H Reinhardt-Rutland, Reader in Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Ulster, UK; ah.reinhardt-rutland{at}ulster.ac.uk

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Lusk et al's paper1 indicates an important subtext regarding travel. Governments wish to make personal mobility as widely available as possible; this inevitably entails promotion of the private automobile, which can provide convenient and comfortable travel for the widest range of individuals, including those for whom disability would otherwise pose severe limitations in participating in society. However, there is a competing agenda concerning congestion, sustainability, pollution and health, along with the risk posed by automobiles for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Authorities must strike a balance. In the USA, the balance generally favours the automobile: the …

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