Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 10 - Ensuring Safer Bicycle Travel
Despite the modest positive trend, in 1995, 830 bicyclist fatalities and 61,000 injuries were recorded in State crash statistics. As with pedestrian injury and fatality statistics, those for bicyclists have experienced a modest improvement (fatalities down 7 percent from 1986). The number of bicyclists who died (one third of whom were between 5 and 15 years old) remains unacceptably high.
In nearly three-fourths of the 1995 bicycle fatalities, investigation indicated that an error or some other factor related to the cyclist’s behavior was involved. The most frequent cause of bicycle crashes with vehicles was the failure to yield the right of way, followed by a variety of inappropriate use of the roadway such as playing, standing, sitting, etc., and improperly crossing the roadway or intersection.
The strategies needed to reduce the numbers of bicyclists killed and injured involve engineering, educational, enforcement, and legislative initiatives designed to raise awareness and promote actions that will ultimately make bicycling on the nation’s roadways a safer and friendlier activity.