Band-Aid or coffin?
Speed of automobiles is a critical factor in determining whether a street feels safe and comfortable for people outside of motor vehicles. This graphic illustrates why, in symbols that bring home the point very clearly. People on the street, in the public realm, sense intuitively that vehicles traveling at even moderately fast speeds are a threat to life and limb. At very low speeds, minor injuries are common, symbolized by the Band-Aid. Above 40 miles per hour, most pedestrians die in automobile-pedestrian crashes—hence the coffin. In a complete neighborhood where people have a choice of how to get around, streets designed for slow moving traffic are essential. Thanks to Hazel Borys of Placemakers for adapting this image.