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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 >

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 >

How many bicycles are stolen each year?

In 2004, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported an estimated 6,947,685 "larceny/thefts" of which bicycle thefts accounted for 3.6 percent, or more than 250,000. The average value of a stolen bike was estimated at $ ...more >

If we increase fines for failing to yield to a pedestrian, will we get results?

As a single, stand-alone measure, increasing fines for failure to yield to pedestrians is not likely to get results. The average motorist is not familiar with pedestrian rights-of-way, applicable motor vehicle codes, ...more >

When should bicyclists ride on the sidewalk?

In general, bicyclists are better off using the road rather than the sidewalk. However, there may be times even confident cyclists sometimes choose to ride on the sidewalk because there is simply no safe place for them on the roadway. ...more >

How can my community improve yield-to-pedestrian compliance?

Drivers' failure to yield to pedestrians is a widespread problem that can be attributed to lack of knowledge, need for improved training programs, and inadequate mechanisms of accountability. Education programs backed up with vigorous enforcement measures often bring improvement. ...more >

Is it a good idea for our City Council to pass a jaywalking ordinance? Should our city reconsider its prohibition of midblock pedestrian crossings?

The term "jaywalking" has no technical meaning. People frequently characterize pedestrian behavior as jaywalking without truly understanding the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians. ...more >

How can law enforcement improve conditions for bicyclists?

Clearly enforcement has a role to play in helping to reduce the numbers of bicyclists and other road users killed and injured in traffic crashes. Bicyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to crashes with motor vehicles. ...more >

Does the Federal government have a policy on bicycle access to interstates?

No. The Federal Highway Administration considers bike access to interstates strictly a state decision and has no policy on this issue. ...more >

Why doesn't our city install more flashers to slow down traffic at pedestrian crossings?

Flashing yellow warning beacons, commonly called flashers, are frequently requested in the belief that they will reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety. Flashing beacons are generally helpful when used to alert drivers of an unexpected condition that is not readily apparent. ...more >