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Why don't we have more marked crosswalks to help us cross the street?

A legal crosswalk exists at all crossings of public streets at intersections, regardless if it is marked or unmarked, unless the crosswalk has been legally closed to all pedestrians. A crosswalk can only exist at a midblock location if it is marked. ...more >

What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $4,538,000 (2012 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 726 bicyclists killed in 2012 totals nearly $ ...more >

What is the economic cost of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians?

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the comprehensive cost of each person killed in a traffic crash to be $4,538,000 (2012 dollars) (see table below). Multiplying this number by the 726 bicyclists killed in 2012 totals nearly $ ...more >

Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?

It varies by state. All states prohibit cyclists on at least some limited access divided express highways. Several states — Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — permit bikes on virtually all interstates. ...more >

Are bicyclists supposed to ride as far to the right of the roadway as possible?

No! Many state vehicle codes say that bicyclists should operate as far to the right as is practicable, and note that in many situations it is safer and more appropriate for bicyclists to operate away from the right hand edge of the roadway. ...more >

Are bicyclists required to wear helmets?

A number of states and localities have passed laws requiring the use of helmets by bicyclists -- usually targeted at children under the age of 16, although this varies widely. No states have yet passed a law requiring adults to wear helmets. ...more >

Are there health risks to walking?

The health benefits of walking far outweigh the risks, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend following reasonable precautions to minimize and eliminate the risks associated with physical activity in general. ...more >

How safe do people feel walking?

The NHTS National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes completed in 2012 asked all respondents how safe they felt using different modes of transport. When asked, "How satisfied are you with how your local community is designed for making walking safe? ...more >

How many pedestrians are killed and injured each year?

In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and 59,000 were injured. These numbers represent a 22 percent drop from 1998. ...more >

What is the effect of in-pavement flashing lights on motorist speeds, yielding behavior, and conflicts with pedestrians?

Many communities are asking about the efficacy of in-roadway flashing warning lights as a safety enhancement at uncontrolled pedestrian crosswalks. An in-roadway warning light system (IRWL) "consists of a series of amber or white lighting units encased in durable housings and embedded in the pavement parallel to a marked crosswalk& ...more >