15 May May is Bicycle Safety Month: Share the Road, the NHTSA Reminds Motorists
In honor of Bicycle Safety Month, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just rolled out the Safer People, Safer Streets campaign to encourage everyone on the road to do their part to make the streets safe for cyclists (as well as pedestrians).
Commenting on the importance of this initiative, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has stated:
We are committed to making sure that every American can travel safely, and that includes the growing number of Americans who are choosing to commute, run errands, or stay fit on their bicycle…We’re working with state and local governments to promote safety for cyclists, but everyone who uses our roadways has a role to play in promoting safety.
Bicycle Accident Stats Highlight Need for Safety Initiative
To underscore the importance of this bicycle safety initiative, the NHTSA has pointed out some new released bicycle accident statistics (based on 2013 data, the most recent year for which complete information is currently available). Here are some of the most notable stats:
- Since 2010, there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of fatal bicycle accidents that have occurred annually in the U.S.
- Nearly 70 percent of all fatal bicycle accidents occur in urban areas, and men are about seven (7) times more likely than women to be in a fatal bicycle accident.
- About 1 in every 5 cyclists involved in a fatal bicycle accident in 2013 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08.
NHTSA Tips for Cyclists: How to Reduce Your Risk of a Bicycle Accident
Here’s what NHTSA officials recommend that bicyclists do in order to minimize their risk of getting into accidents:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Be as visible and predictable to other motorists as possible.
- Check your bike’s gear before hitting the roads. Make sure that the tires, brakes, handlebars and seats are all in proper working order.
- Ride in the traveling direction of traffic. In other words, don’t ride into oncoming traffic.
- Always comply with traffic laws/signals, and use the proper hand signals when turning/changing lanes.
- Stay alert and focused.
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