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Wildlife bridges are an actual thing now, not just a concept. And they’re saving animals left and right.
Instead of crossing roads with vehicles on it, the animals can now use the bridges above the roads that are reserved just for them.
In one of Utah’s highway, a total of 106 animals were killed in car collisions in two years which included 98 deer, three moose, and two elk.
The UK itself has 21 threatened and endangered species, with Key deer in Florida and bighorn sheep in California being two of them, who could get hurt on the road by oncoming vehicles.
Even people die during these accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 200 people die every year due to this reason.
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The most famous Green Bridge in the country leaps the Mile End Park across the A11 in a single bound. . It’s a win-win for plants and people, and a trophy for public consultations. That’s because at the first @towerhamletsnow community planning weekend for the park back in 1995, a local resident suggested a green bridge to unite the park over the Mile End Road, and another local resident picked it up and ran with it. . It helped that the latter was Piers Gough – of @czwgarchitects, who went on to design the bridge, and which opened in 1999. . The 32-acre Mile End Park was created from derelict and WWII bomb damaged East End. It enjoyed a facelift in 2012 and has an art pavilion (fabulous and free), Children’s Park, Leisure Centre and stadium @better_uk, outdoor gym and @mileendclimbing. . Also, the wonderfully idiosyncratic Palm Tree pub is in the park, as is the @eastlondonliquorcompany, and this being cool East London, the atmospheric Ariana Afghan restaurant too. Who knew, but it even seems that the park’s wild flower meadows and woodland is home to two species of spider not found anywhere else, plus the remarkably rare Streaked Bombardier Beetle. The Friends of Mile End Park don’t have an active Instagram account, but you can find out what’s going on at fomep.org.uk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #eastlondoncool #eastlondon #eastend #eastlondonlife #eastendlife #visitlondon #mileend #mileendpark #londonparks #urbanpark #greenbridge #landscapebridge #wildlifebridges #wildlifeoverpass #overpass #czwgarchitects #mottmacgroup #freelondon #londonforfamilies #londonwithchildren #quirkylondon #urbanarchitecture #bridge #architecture #a11 #mileendroad #towerhamlets
Rob Ament, the road ecology program manager at the Western Transportation Institute (WTI), believes that crashes such as these are just growing. He informed:
“Over the most recently reported 15-year period, wildlife-vehicle collisions have increased by 50 percent, with an estimated one to two million large animals killed by motorists every year.”
But wildlife bridges are here to save the day.
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We need more #Wildlife bridges connecting animals to ecosystems to cross highways and freeways. Not only does this reduce deaths of animals but increases the safety of drivers preventing accidents. If we are going to pave over paradise let’s provide something for nature to survive. #WildlifeBridges #ConnectingEcosystems @wsdot we need these all over I90 I5 HWYs 2 12 18 167 520 522 516 @govinslee @senpattymurray
While wildlife bridges were a popular architecture in Europe during the 1950s, the true one was built in France for the first time. And now they’re so popular that other countries are adopting them too.
“You can get reductions [of animal road collisions] of 85 to 95 percent with crossings and fencing that guide animals under or over highways,” Ament said.
While the overhead bridges look like usual bridges from far away, they’re actually covered in greenery and shrubs to make them seems more natural. This makes them prefer the bridge rather than the road.
And if you ask: “Hey! Why would the animals walk through the bridge instead of road when the road is an easier route?” So the answer is: “Why would you walk through the bridge instead of swimming through the river?” Because it is safer. And our brain avoids danger and so does animals.
Hopefully, the animals will not see it different.
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