Share the Road: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
Soon you’ll likely be seeing more bikes on the road. May 8 is Bike to School Day and May 17 is Bike to Work Day; both coincide with Bicycle Safety Month. May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time for a reminder to Share the Road.
Prevent a Deadly Crash
As more Americans choose to ride bikes and walk to stay healthy, and as an alternative to driving, pedestrian and cyclist deaths in motor-vehicle-related crashes have increased over the past 10 years.
Bicyclists: There were 783 bicyclists killed in collisions with vehicles in 2017…
- That’s about a 2% drop from 2016.
- However, it’s up from 718 bicyclist deaths in 2008.
- In 2017, 53 of the bicyclists killed were children.
Pedestrians: In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians died in traffic crashes …
- That’s down 1.7% over the previous year.
- However, it’s up from 4,414 in 2008.
- The pedestrians killed in 2017 included 214 children.
Motorcyclists: The number of people killed on motorcycles in 2017 was 5,172 …
- That’s a 3.1% decrease from 2016.
- However, motorcyclist fatalities in urban areas increased by 15% from 2008 to 2017.
- Motorcyclist fatalities in rural areas decreased by 25% in that timeframe.
Join us in helping to keep everyone safe on the road. Remember, no one—no driver, cyclist, or pedestrian—has sole rights to the road. It’s a shared space where we all have rights and responsibilities.