National Bicycle Safety Network

This Networking group was first established under the co-leadership of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to define an agenda for enhancing bicycle safety. Members contributed to a final product: "National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety" released in June 2001.

Currently, the group is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and meets on a quarterly basis for networking purposes. We seek to enhance the opportunities for spreading educational messages and information to other professionals and to the general public about bicycle safety. By sharing among ourselves, we are able to utilize the many talents and resources of our unique organizations to reach a large variety of both professionals and the general public. We seek to encourage bicycle use as a form of recreation, transportation, and exercise—but most importantly as we spread the word about bicycling we collectively strive to enhance the safety of bicyclists, thus reducing the numbers of those injured and killed in traffic related crashes.

Partner Descriptions

Alliance for Biking and Walking

The Alliance for Biking and Walking is the national coalition of State and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations working in unison to break down the barriers to safe bicycling and walking in North American communities. We bring leaders of our member organizations together to help each other grow their organizations and become more effective. The Alliance for Biking and Walking envisions that every State, province and the 50 top population U.S. metropolitan areas have effective and sustainable bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. As of July 2006 the Alliance for Biking and Walking has 127 member organizations in 48 states and one Canadian province.

Application to the NBSN group: As the leading coalition of State and local bike advocacy organizations, the Alliance for Biking and Walking will be very effect at disseminating information about the NBSN to its member organizations across the county.

Web site: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/ or email us at info@PeoplePoweredMovement.org

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a membership organization of pediatricians who dedicated their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).

Application to the NBSN group: With obesity becoming a significant child health concern, pediatricians and the AAP are increasingly focusing efforts on promotion of physical activity, including bicycling. The AAP promotes bicycle safety through its policy statements, advocacy efforts by its state chapters, and publication of education materials through TIPP© - The Injury Prevention Program

Web site: http://www.aap.org or e-mail us at kidsdocs@aap.org or call 847-434-4000.

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American Automobile Association (AAA)

American Automobile Association (AAA) HQ is North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, providing its more than 49 million members with safety, travel, insurance, financial and automobile-related services. Since it's founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of travelers. AAA's safety advocacy includes driver training, AAA School Safety PatrolTM Program, bike safety, Halloween safety, School's Open messages and child passenger safety education.

AAA helps to promote bicycle safety by educating children and their parents on choosing the correct bike, properly fitting a helmet, bicycle maintenance and the rules of the road as they safely travel on their first vehicle. AAA also plans to provide tips for adults in form of advanced riding skills.

Application to the NBSN group: AAA is an advocate for bicycle safety. Efforts include teaching bicyclists important bike safety skills as well as educating motorists on how to properly interact with cyclists.

Web site: http://www.AAA.com

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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is dedicated to improving the traffic safety culture in the U.S. and Canada as a way to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities. A not-for-profit, publicly supported charitable organization, since 1947 the Foundation has funded over 140 research projects. The Foundation works collaboratively with AAA and a variety of State, national, and international safety and transportation organizations, universities, and others to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. We have used this research to develop dozens of focused, high-impact educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users.

Application to the NBSN group: Application to the NBSN group: The Foundation has several videos on bicycle safety and sharing the road and much of its research and education is aimed at getting motorists to drive more safely — a benefit to all road users.

Web site: http://www.aaafoundation.org; http://www.seniordrivers.org; http://www.driverzed.org

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American Association of Retired People (AARP)

American Association of Retired People (AARP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Application to the NBSN group: As part of AARP's livable communities social impact goal, AARP is committed to ensuring that Americans age 50+ are able to sustain mobility as they age through a wide range of mobility options, including bicycling. AARP is on the steering committee of the Complete Streets Coalition which seeks enactment of policies by which streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. AARP will utilize it's vast networking opportunities including their magazine and activities to promote bicycling as a form of mobility and low impact form of exercise, and in so doing promote safety.

Web site: http://www.aarp.org

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American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR)

American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) is dedicated to enhancing quality of life by promoting creative and active lifestyles through meaningful physical activity, recreation and fitness experiences across the lifespan with particular focus on community-based programs. AAPAR's 8000+ members include professors, teachers, trainers, and community leaders They work directly with the public to promote physical, recreation and fitness programs and services, research in the field, establishing and disseminating guidelines and standards for professional practice of programs and organizations and assessing the achievement of such standards; ensure development of quality professional preparation programs, and advocate for meaningful physical activity, recreation and fitness programs.

AAPAR is an Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Application to the NBSN group: Will include and promote bicycling as a form of physical education and recreation. They will promote bicycle safety through reinforcement of bicycle helmet use and dissemination of available bicycle education materials and programs to their members.

Web site: http://www.aapar.org

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Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is a professional membership organization that promotes excellence in the emerging professional discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members are employees of all levels of government, consulting firms, and non-profits who work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, safety and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking.

Application to the NBSN group: APBP provides a valued networking opportunity through its members. Members can utilize the APBP list-serve to for share or request information on pedestrian and bicycle related issues including new materials, practices, training, and job announcements. APBP sponsors a Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop which helps communities improve bicycle safety.

Web site: http://www.apbp.org or info@apbp.org

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Bikes Belong

Bikes Belong is the national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers working together to get more American riding bicycles more often. Through national leadership, grassroots support, and promotion, we work to make bicycling safe, convenient, and fun. Bikes Belong has been funding grants since 1999; they have funded 127 grant proposals in 40 States and the District of Columbia, awarding more than $1 million in cash and leveraging more than $450 million in government and private funding. Bikes Belong also supports the Bikes Belong Foundation, a 501c3 organization devoted to improving bicycle safety and encouraging children to ride.

Application to the NBSN group: Bicycling is as popular as ever. Whether it's for pleasure, exercise or transportation, bicycle sales have continued to rise over the years. In their unique capacity, Bikes Belong serves as a conduit to entice the industry (the retailers and the dealers) to promote bicycle safety at the point of sale.

Web site: http://www.bikesbelong.org

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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI)

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute (BHSI) is a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. We try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets through improved standards. Our volunteers serve on the ASTM helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Application to the NBSN group: Support the Strategy 3 under the "National Strategies" with a goal of providing information to drafters and proponents of bicycle helmet legislation at the State and Local levels. BHSI provides information on bicycle helmets to consumers on the Web, and toolkits of materials to local helmet promotion campaigns. BHSI was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.helmets.org

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Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, brain injury. Together with its nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 5.3 million Americans currently living with long-term disability resulting from traumatic brain injury.

Application to the NBSN group: Among bicyclists, those sustaining head and brain injuries are a direct result of failure to wear a bicycle helmet. Well over half of those killed were not wearing bicycle helmets. This group will continue to support and promote the use of bicycle helmets and disseminate associated materials and programs to their members and the general public.

Web site: For more information about BIAA, call 1-703-761-0750 or visit http://www.biausa.org. For brain injury information and resource services, call 1-800-444-6443.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is being represented as part of the NBSN by the CDC's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention (DUIP) in CDC's Injury Center. The Division monitors trends in unintentional injuries in the United States, conducts research to better understand risk factors, and evaluates interventions to prevent these injuries. Research and prevention programs focus on two categories of unintentional injury: motor vehicle-related injuries and home and recreation related injuries.

Application to the NBSN group: Particularly significant for providing data trends on bicycle injuries resulting in hospitalizations. CDC co-chaired the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: CDC's DUIP Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/duip.htm

CDC's Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/health/motor.htm

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Children's Safety Network (CSN)

Children's Safety Network (CSN) is a resource center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in State and Territorial health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents. State MCH professionals can contact CSN for assistance in planning and implementing injury prevention programs including program and policy initiatives supporting the National Strategy for Advancing Bicycle Safety. CSN offers trainings and workshops, publications, a discussion list and bi-weekly updates of injury prevention research.

CSN staff can offer expertise, resources, and contacts on any injury topic and can help professionals develop, implement, and evaluate injury and violence prevention activities.

Application to the NBSN group: CSN assists state public health departments in planning, implementing and evaluating bicycle safety campaigns which are guided by goals of the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety. These can include promoting share the road campaigns, helmet education and distribution programs, and conducting workshops on community design solutions for safe biking and walking. The groups networking capacity allows them to send out announcements regarding new bicycle safety materials and training and messages to partners and groups that might not otherwise solicit information on bicycle safety. CSN was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org or email us at csn@edc.org.

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Cornell University

Through the Cornell Local Roads program, Cornell University delivers an educational program designed to assist communities in planning safer communities for bicyclists and pedestrians. Efforts on the Cornell campus focus on reaching the campus community with safety information and strategies to increase bicycling and walking to, from and around the campus. Cornell serves on the bicycle and pedestrian sub-committees as part of the Transportation Research Board, and also as a member of the League of American Bicyclists' education committee.

Application to the NBSN group: Cornell offers the ability to reach and test bicycle/pedestrian safety messages within and around a university setting. Their active networking is statewide with connections with physical activity coalitions, the State bicycle coalition, and other agencies involved in the delivery of cycling education programs.

Web site: http://www.bike.cornell.edu

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Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a federal regulatory safety agency charged with protecting the public from the risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -such as toys, bicycles, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

The Neighborhood Safety Network (NSN) was developed as part of the CPSC with a goal to place important safety information into the hands of Americans who do not receive or do not trust information from traditional government and media outlets. These groups include American Indians, some minorities, rural and urban poor and the elderly. In order to effectively communicate with theses groups, the Neighborhood Safety Network is working with respected civic leaders and community based organizations such as pediatricians, fire stations and charitable organizations to disseminate life saving information.

At its core, the Neighborhood Safety Network is an extensive e-mail list of grassroots and community contacts, with whom CPSC is providing monthly safety messages and recall information. These local, state and national contacts are utilizing their "feet on the street" to share this information directly with hard to reach populations. Some groups that are participating in the Network include Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Academy of Pediatrics, National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Federal agencies including Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Indian Health Services (IHS).

Through the Neighborhood Safety Network, CPSC hopes to tie the many groups serving disadvantaged or vulnerable populations into an effective rapid communications vehicle.

Application to the NBSN Group: CPSC was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety. To make bicycles safer, CPSC developed a mandatory safety standard for bicycles to help eliminate injuries due to mechanical and structural failures. CPSC also issued a mandatory bicycle helmet standard ensuring helmets provide a high degree of head protection when biking. CPSC provides statistical data on deaths and injuries associated with bicycles through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System available at http://www.cpsc.gov

Web site: http://www.cpsc.gov

Enrollment in the Neighborhood Safety Network is voluntary and straightforward—just log on to http://www.cpsc.gov/nsn/nsn.html. Once you register, you will automatically receive monthly safety messages or hazard warnings. Network partners are encouraged to contact CPSC with recommendations or information about specific issues that we should address. Examples of tailored safety messages that have been distributed to Network members include: bicycle safety messages during Bicycle Safety Month in May.

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District Department of Transportation (DDOT)

District Department of Transportation (DDOT) serves as both the state and city transportation agency. DDOT plans, designs and builds bicycle trails, lanes, routes, and parking facilities. DDOT also funds bicycle education and coordinates with the police on enforcement.

Application to the NBSN group: Offer the group not only the state government perspective but are also subject matter as it applies to safety issues with urban cycling.

Web site: http://www.ddot.dc.gov/bike

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Development Community and Environment Division

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Development Community and Environment Division is a federal agency of the U.S. government. Located within the Office of Policy Economics and Innovation, this Division is a founding member of the Smart Growth Network representing more than 30 national organizations. The Division provides technical assistance to local governments though its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program. Research, publications and training are also produced to address specific topics such as water quality, affordable housing, street design and successful practices. Finally, partnerships with Federal Agencies and key professional associations are another avenue through which policies that build healthy communities and protect the environment are promoted.

Application to the NBSN group: EPA's work related to: school location and travel behavior, context sensitive street design and promotion of transportation alternatives all relate to the mission of this group.

Web site: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/index.htm or email us at smartgrowth@epa.gov.

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America's roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although State, local, and tribal governments own most of the Nation's highways, we provide financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America's highway system. Our annual budget of more than $30 billion is funded by fuel and motor vehicle excise taxes. The budget is primarily divided between two programs: Federal-aid funding to State and local governments; and Federal Lands Highways funding for national parks, national forests, Indian lands, and other land under Federal stewardship. The FHWA bicycle and pedestrian program manager serves as the lead for US DOT on bicycling and walking issues. Several offices in FHWA have responsibility for encouraging bicycling and its safety through the planning, design, and operation of facilities that meet the needs of all users of the Nation's transportation system. Bicycling contributes to many of the goals for our transportation system. Increasing bicycling offers the potential for cleaner air, healthier people, reduced congestion, and more livable communities.

Application to the NBSN group: FHWA is a Federal government partner to the NBSN. FHWA works directly with the State Department of Transportation Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators. FHWA was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov

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International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA)

International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA): is a non-profit membership organization that promotes the use of bikes for public safety, provides resources and networking opportunities, and offers the best, most complete training for public safety cyclists. Membership is comprised of police, EMS, security, and other public safety personnel who ride mountain bikes in the line of duty. As the premier training organization for public safety cyclists, our primary concern is ensuring safe and effective operations of public safety cyclists worldwide.

Application to the NBSN group: IPMBA's programs teach public safety cyclists how to ride their bikes safely and in a vehicular manner while also emphasizing bike-handling skills and tactics... all while performing their duties as law enforcement officers, paramedics or emergency medical technicians. Many IPMBA members are responsible for conducting bicycle safety and education sessions in their communities. IPMBA educates its members about the importance of enforcing the law as it relates to bicyclists, and encourages them to obtain training and tools to educate the other members of their departments. IPMBA can provide contact information for members and instructors who can assist in local efforts to engage law enforcement in bicycle safety.

Web site: http://www.ipmba.org

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League of American Bicyclists (LAB)

League of American Bicyclists (LAB) is the national organization of cyclists committed to the education of cyclists, motorist and the general public about bicycling and bicycle safety. They promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. This is done by representing the interests of the nation's 57 million cyclists. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to your community.

Application to the NBSN group: The League of American Bicyclists' BikeEd program is the national standard in bicycling education. The BikeEd curriculum is taught by a network of over 900 certified League Cycling Instructors (LCI) across the United States. The League of American Bicyclists creates and maintains the most current bicycling and motorist education materials. LAB was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.bikeleague.org and education@bikeleague.org

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Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), an agency of Health Resources and Services Administration, has worked for over 70 years to promote comprehensive physical, psychological and social health in the maternal and child health population.

Application to the NBSN group: MCHB encourages the use of bicycle helmets, other protective gear, and safe bicycling through funding child safety initiatives such as the Health, Mental Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools; the Children's Safety Network Resource Center, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. MCHB participated in the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety and in the development of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Bicycle Helmets.

Web site: http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/

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National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

The association serves as the largest training organization for school based police and district personnel in the Nation. Their team of highly trained School Resource Officers set the nations standard for educating youth in Law Related Topics nationwide.

Application to the NBSN group: The SRO 's have the capability and will be directly involved in the Safe Routes to School movement, which relates to walking and bicycling to school for K-8th grade students.

Web site: http://www.nasro.org

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National Center for Safe Routes to School

National Center for Safe Routes to School houses the national clearinghouse for National initiative "Safe Routes to School," which is a national effort to encourage and enable children grade K-8 to safely bike and walk to school. The Center provides knowledge, resources, and technical information to support the development and implementation of Safe Routes to School programs at the federal, state and local levels. The National Center for Safe Routes to School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Application to the NBSN group: The National Center for Safe Routes to School provides information about safe bicycling for children, including comprehensive information about education, encouragement, and child-appropriate engineering treatments.

Web site: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal agency under the Department of Transportation. Its mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. The Bicycle Safety Program is in the Office of Traffic Injury Control, Office of Safety Programs, and Safety Countermeasures Division. This program is directed towards reducing bicycle injuries and fatalities with a focus on education, enforcement, outreach and legislation.

Application to the NBSN group: Lead Agency for the NBSN group. NHTSA co-chaired the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov or call 202-366-1739

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National Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

National Parent Teachers Association (PTA) is the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. PTA reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child, while providing the best tools for parents to help their children succeed.

Application to the NBSN group: PTA works relentlessly to ensure that all children arrive safely at school each and every day, healthy and ready to learn. In cooperation with national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups, federal agencies, and corporate sponsors, PTA collaborates on projects that benefit children and deliver valuable resources to millions of members.

Web site: http://www.pta.org or 1-800-307-4PTA

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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is a 501(c)3 national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. NPRA has nearly 20,000 individual citizen and professional members and represents the interests of nearly 6000 park and recreation agencies nationwide in advancing the interests of tens of millions of Americans who care about parks, recreation, and conservation at the local, state, and national level. NRPA advances a national legislative and public policy agenda; provides training and education for members, and certifies and accredits programs, agencies, and academic institutions through a number of programs including the National Playground Safety Institute, the Aquatics Facility Operators certification program and others.

Application to the NBSN group: The public park and recreation agencies that comprise NRPA's primary membership and interest are responsible for tens of thousands of miles of bike and pedestrian paths on public lands across the country. NRPA takes an active role in promoting safety as well as advocating for policies and legislation at the national level to promote safe cycling and walking.

Web site: http://www.nrpa.org

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Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is an employer-led public/private, nonprofit partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work, by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on and off the job. NETS engages organizations of all sizes and industry-types in seeking, developing, and expanding "best practices" in their driver safety program and in promoting education and outreach programs for employees to support and encourage safe driving practices. The "network" represents a variety of professions all engaged in reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries within the nation's workforce. The disciplines include: fleet management, corporate safety and health, consumer education, loss control and risk management, human resources, employee assistance programs, marketing, and public relations. NETS is nationally known for its annual Drive Safely Work Week campaign to focus the nation's employers and the media on key driver safety issues.

Application to the NBSN group: NETS can reach adults at their place of business to promote both safe driving (sharing the road with bicycles) and safe riding practices. Through the employee, there is also the potential for reaching their family, friends and the community with safe riding messaging for both adults and children. Employers are increasingly receptive to events and programs that promote employee wellness so there is an opportunity to engage employers in sponsoring or hosting safety events for employees and their families.

Web site: http://www.trafficsafety.org, email NETS at: nets@trafficsafety.org or call: 888-221-0045.

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is the national clearinghouse for bicycle and pedestrian-related safety, health, planning, engineering, policy, education, enforcement, and accessibility. The PBIC serves anyone interested in bicycle and pedestrian issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement and the health community. The mission of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as means of transportation and physical activity. The PBIC is a component of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and is primarily funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Application to the NBSN group: NBSN members and the general public can use the PBIC's online library (available through all PBIC Web sites) to find comprehensive information related to bicycling and safety, as well as related issues such as engineering, facility design, planning, policy, enforcement and education. NBSN members may submit resources to the online library, and we are also developing the capability for any interested organizations or individuals to access our online resources through their own Web sites. The PBIC also provides technical assistance, education, and training related to bicycling issues.

Web sites: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org, http://www.bicyclinginfo.org, http://www.pedbikeimages.org

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SAFE Kids World-wide

SAFE Kids World-wide is a global network of local organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. Safe Kids Worldwide programs - which involve media events, device distribution and hands-on educational activities for kids and their families - aim to get communities across the country more involved in the safety of their children.

Application to the NBSN group: Since 1989, Safe Kids has partnered with Bell Sports to promote helmet use, safe wheel-riding behavior and safer riding environments. In 2005, Safe Kids Worldwide and Bell Sports introduced the Ready to Roll program. The program includes the bike rodeo kit and a step-by-step guide to conducting a community-based wheel safety rodeo. As part of the program, each local Safe Kids Coalition that received a kit is required to hold at least 10 bike rodeo events in the community. These events bring together Safe Kids volunteers, public safety personnel and educators to show children how to prevent injuries from wheeled sports. Safe Kids was a member of the Bicycle Safety Conference Steering Committee to produce the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

Web site: http://www.safekids.org or http://www.usa.safekids.org

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Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a coalition of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional firms that are working to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) national movement and to make it safer, easier and more convenient for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools in the United States. The Partnership is an advocacy-oriented group that shares best practices, sets goals, works to secure additional funding, builds SRTS State networks, and provides policy input to government agencies on the implementation of SRTS programs.

Application to the NBSN group: The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosted by the Bikes Belong Foundation and is working to ensure that SRTS leads to a new generation of bicyclists in America.

Web site: http://bikesbelong.org

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Safe States Alliance

The Safe States Alliance (formerly STIPDA) is a national non-profit organization and professional association whose mission is to serve as the national voice in support of state and local injury and violence prevention professionals engaged in building a safer, healthier America

Application to the NBSN group: Safe States Alliance will work to address the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety through a Safe Routes to School demonstration grant program in conjunction with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as through a roundtable on Smart Growth and pedestrian safety.

Web site: http://www.stipda.org

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Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA)

Washington Area Bicycle Association is a local non-profit bicycle safety and education organization dedicated to improving conditions for cyclists throughout the Washington, DC region. WABA's mission is to create a healthy, more livable region by: promoting bicycling for fun, fitness and affordable transportation; advocating better conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults and motorists about safe bicycling. WABA currently represents over 7000 area cyclists.

Application to the NBSN group: as a local advocacy organization with a long history, WABA brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on the effectiveness of bike safety efforts at the local level.

Web site: http://www.waba.org or email us at waba@waba.org.