The National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety
is a call to action for policy makers, educators, advocates, transportation
experts, health and injury professionals, and others with an interest in safe
bicycling. The strategies encompassed in the document are those that, over the
next three to five years, are capable of enhancing bicycle safety for riders
of all ages. The specific goals and strategies are summarized below.
- Create a coordinated "Share the Road" public education campaign that
can be adapted at the state and local levels.
- Amend the motor vehicle code to give precedence to bicyclists in the absence
of overriding traffic rules.
- Include components on "safe bicycling" and "sharing the road" in driver
- Create a national "Ride Safely" marketing campaign targeting bicycle riders.
- Encourage statewide bicycle safety conferences to promote the National
Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.
- Expand school-based and community-based programs that teach bicycle safety
to children and adult bicyclists.
- Educate community professionals on effective ways to promote safe bicycling.
- Motivate decision makers at all levels to adopt policies that promote safe
- Create a national bicycle helmet safety campaign.
- Create tools to promote and increase bicycle helmet use that can be adapted
for use at the state and local levels.
- Assist states and communities that decide to address bicycle helmet use
through state and local laws and enforcement.
- Improve the collection and quality of data concerning bicycle crash incidents,
including both traffic and non-traffic sites.
- Create tools that help law enforcement officers enforce bicycle-safety
traffic laws aimed at bicyclists and motorists.
- Promote the most promising enforcement efforts at those local sites where
they are most likely to be effective.
- Encourage the court system to follow through on bicycle safety enforcement
by imposing meaningful penalties for both motorist and bicyclist violations.
- Document and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of facility design
- Improve 100,000 miles of roadways that serve everyday travel by providing
striped bicycle lanes and other safe bicycling facilities.
- Train professionals responsible for the planning, design, and operation
of the transportation system to better consider and accommodate bicycle travel.