Consumer advisory: Bicycle Safety in May, and every day
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is marking Bicycle Safety Month by reminding motorists and cyclists of the steps they should take to reverse the trend of rising numbers of cycling fatalities on the nation’s roads. Last fall, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx launched DOT’s “Safer People, Safer Streets” Initiative to make biking and walking safe for all.
“We are committed to making sure that every American can travel safely, and that includes the growing number of Americans who are choosing to commute, run errands, or stay fit on their bicycle,” said Secretary Foxx. “We’re working with state and local governments to promote safety for cyclists, but everyone who uses our roadways has a role to play in promoting safety.”
The “Safer People, Safer Streets” initiative includes an assessment of pedestrian and bicycle safety in every state and the Mayors’ Challenge, which encourages cities to take steps that will promote the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.
NHTSA’s newly released 2013 Bicycle Traffic Safety Fact Sheet makes clear the scope of the problem. Bicyclist fatalities have increased by 19 percent since 2010. In 2013, 743 bicyclists were killed and an additional 48,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
Key statistical findings include:
“Sharing the road means sharing responsibility for safe driving and safe biking,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “As cycling becomes an increasingly popular transportation option, we need to increase cycling safety awareness among motorists and cyclists alike.”
NHTSA is kicking off National Bike Safety Month by joining with the League of American Bicyclists and bicycle advocacy groups and highway safety organizations across the country.
Drivers of motor vehicles must share the road with bicyclists:
Bicyclists should ride defensively:
For more information on bicycle safety visit www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles
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