Goal #1: Motorists Will Share the Road
Goal #2: Bicyclists Will Ride Safely
Goal #3: Bicyclists Will Wear Helmets
Goal #4: The Legal System Will Support Safe Bicycling
Goal #5: Roads and Paths Will Safely Accommodate Bicyclists
During the 1990s, Federal spending on bicycle and pedestrian facilities (e.g., bicycle paths, lanes, and racks) increased dramatically -- from approximately $4 million per year to more than $200 million per year. Improvements for bicyclists have included striped bicycle lanes, off-road trails, bicycle parking racks and lockers, and a variety of planning, safety, and promotional activities. In addition, thousands of miles of paved shoulders have been built or rebuilt as a part of highway projects, providing bicyclists with a safer place to ride. Unfortunately, however, roadway design still often overlooks the needs of bicyclists. Traffic engineers and planners who design and operate the roadway transportation system don't always understand cyclists' rights, responsibilities, needs, and preferences.
Strategy #1 Document and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of facility design options.
Strategy #2 Improve 100,000 miles of roadways that serve everyday travel by providing striped bicycle lanes and other safe bicycling facilities.
Strategy #3 Train professionals responsible for the planning, design, and operation of the transportation system to better consider and accommodate bicycle travel.