Here are 7 ways cities can take steps to make it safer for runners, including:
- Building dedicated running paths: Cities can create dedicated running paths that are separate from bike lanes and roads, providing runners with a safe and dedicated space to exercise. In Oak Park, Michigan, the city took unused space along a road and turned it into a liner park, complete with a path and many activations along the way. Read more about this project from The Oakland County Times.
- Improving street lighting: Poor lighting can be a major safety concern for runners, especially those who run at night. Cities can improve street lighting to ensure that runners have adequate visibility and feel safe while running.
- Creating more pedestrian-friendly streets: Cities can design streets to prioritize pedestrians, with wide sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic calming measures such as speed humps. This can help to reduce the risk of accidents and improve the overall running experience.
- Encouraging active transportation: Cities can also encourage active transportation by providing incentives for people to bike or walk to work or school. This can help to reduce the number of cars on the road and make it safer for runners.
- Education and awareness campaigns: Cities can also educate the public on how to share the road safely and promote awareness of the rights and responsibilities of runners and other road users.
- Promoting green spaces: cities can also focus on promoting green spaces, such as parks, gardens and other recreational areas. These spaces not only provide a safe place for running but also can improve mental and physical health, air quality, and biodiversity. The city of Royal Oak opened a brand new park in the heart of the city’s downtown, providing year-round activations, from concerts to an ice rink.
- Collaborating with the community: Cities can also work with local running groups and organizations to understand the specific needs and concerns of runners in their community and tailor their safety measures accordingly.
Overall, cities can make it safer for runners by creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment, providing dedicated running paths and spaces, improving street lighting, and promoting active transportation.
What are some things your city has done to improve safety for runners? Leave a comment below!
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