The city of Cali has one of Colombia’s highest road traffic fatality rates. In response, city authorities monitored changes in speed and road traffic deaths during the pandemic—a period of time with fewer vehicles on the streets—to better understand some of the trends and implications for local road safety policies. Resulting data demonstrated riskier behavior by drivers as well as more severe road traffic accidents. These findings help justify the city’s newly strengthened speed-management measures and a greater push toward active transport, such as the successful “En Bici me Cuido” bike share program and campaign.
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