Go outside and take a long, deep breath. Do your lungs feel suitably refreshed? If you’re in any one of a growing number of cities, the answer to that question may well be ‘no’. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a staggering 98% of large cities (those with more than 100,000 inhabitants) in low- and middle-income countries do not meet minimum air quality guidelines. The situation is better in high-income countries, but still, less than half of cities are up to standard.

Bicycle helmet legislation is 'not associated' with a reduced rate of head injuries caused to cyclists, a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded.


The report, conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto in Canada, compared injury rates between jurisdictions with different helmet laws and the number of journeys made by bike.


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The ever-thought-provoking David Levinson posed a question at his Transportationist blog earlier this week that's worth a longer look: Are you more likely to die from being in a car crash or from breathing in car emissions? If your gut reaction is like mine, then you've already answered in favor of crashes. But when you really crunch the numbers, the question not only becomes tougher to answer, it raises important new questions of its own.

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Meer dan 26.000 doden op Europese wegen in 2013

In totaal 26.025 mensen zijn in 2013 om het leven gekomen door verkeersongelukken in de Europese Unie, nog eens 199.000 raakten gewond. 

Het aantal verkeersdoden viel terug met 18 procent sinds 2010, ofwel 6,2 procent gemiddeld per jaar. 

Het aantal zwaargewonden neemt minder snel af. België presteert gemiddeld als het aankomt op het veiliger maken van de verkeerssituatie. 

België slaagde er in de periode 2001 - 2013 in het aantal verkeersdoden te laten dalen met bijna 53 procent.