NHTSA encourages all road users, including motorists and bicyclists, to respect each other and foster a safer transportation environment. Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. NHTSA's bicycle safety program focus is on research, education, and enforcement of bicyclists' and motorists' behavior to enhance roadway safety and reduce bicycle injuries and fatalities in our nation.
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Traffic Safety Facts - Bicyclists and Other Cyclists [April 2013]
The 677 pedalcyclist deaths in 2011 accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities during the year.
Traffic Safety Facts - Children [May 2013]
A total of 677 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 9% of those fatalities, and males accounted for 69% of the fatalities among pedalcyclists age 14 and younger.
Highway Safety Program Guideline No. 14
Each State should develop and implement a comprehensive bicycle safety program that promotes safe practices, and educates drivers to share the road with others.