What do the numbers 34, 39, and 339 represent?
Thirty-four is the number of fatalities being attributed to “sticky” Toyota gas pedals nationwide since 2000. It’s causes a media uproar, NTSA reviews, and public outcry over safety.
Thirty-nine is the number of cycling fatalities between 2000 and 2008 within Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, and St. Clair counties.
Three hundred, thirty-nine is the number of pedestrian fatalities during this time and within these same counties.
The difference with the local fatalities? There’s no uproar and very little media coverage. Agencies like the Road Commission for Oakland County continue to ignore best practices and AASHTO design guidelines for bicycle facilities.
Imagine if Toyota was caught ignoring best safety practices? This that would get some media coverage?