Letter: Sharing road reduces mobility

Tom Gallagher’s idea of “reducing vehicular speed and giving back some space to everyone else” [Urban Design, Aug. 16] is simplistic. Sure, it would reduce automobile-caused death and injury, but it would also reduce mobility.

One of the best measures of a city’s mobility is the average number of jobs within, say, 45 minutes of a resident’s home. And most prescriptions for increasing such mobility by bikes and scooters cause a far greater reduction in mobility by car. And evidence is growing that IndyGo’s Red Line may additionally impair public safety.

If safety were the only consideration, we’d make Marion County’s speed limit 10 mph and dedicate half its lane miles to bikes and scooters.

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Joseph H. Born

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