W. K. Lis
- Dec 24, 2007
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In The Netherlands (and the rest of Europe), they started switching from the automobile to cycling, to combat the 1973 oil crisis. Started with prohibiting car traffic on Sundays. They continued with more cycling infrastructure. See link.If my memory serves, the drop from 70 mph to 60 was about 1973 (supposedly because of the oil crisis) and the switch to 100 km/hr was in the summer of 1977.
In North America, they went with reducing the speed limits, and allowing right on red. That was to save money on gasoline. However, the right turn red allowance also increased the "collision" numbers from 43% to 107% for pedestrian "collisions" and 72% to 123% for bicyclist "collisions". See link dated 1981.