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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Safety In Numbers - Tips for Safer Summer Bicycling
NHTSA's July edition of Safety in Numbers points out the danger of riding bicycles at night, while drunk, and common mistakes that bicyclists and drivers make that contribute to crashes.
Traffic Safety Facts - Bicyclists and Other Cyclists
The 677 pedalcyclist deaths in 2011 accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities during the year.
Traffic Safety Facts - Children
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.