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Vulnerable child pedestrians in rapidly motorizing developing countries Desapriya, Ediriweera; Turcotte, Kate; Fernando, Eshani; Pike, Ian


Commentary piece. Child pedestrian safety is especially critical in rapidly motorizing countries. Such countries generally lack the resources to physically separate vulnerable road users from motorized traffic. Pedestrians, cyclists, rickshaw operators, and moped users still represent the majority of road users in such countries. Yet, there are often no sidewalks or bicycle paths, and where such amenities do exist, they tend to be heavily obstructed by trees, trash, drainage ditches, and vendors. Children in developing countries are 6 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than their counterparts in developed nations.

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