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Lawmakers Push for Bicycle Safety

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The number of pedestrian and bicycle accident fatalities recorded across the country actually increased between 2010 and 2011, in spite of the fact that there was an overall drop in traffic accident fatalities during this period of time. Any California bicycle accident lawyer would agree that as long as the streets are not safe for bicyclists, they simply cannot be regarded as safe or anyone at all. A group of lawmakers agrees. These 68 lawmakers recently wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, noting that although driving has gotten safer for American motorists, bicycling and walking continue to remain some of the dangerous activities.

You shouldn't have to worry about being injured in an accident with an automobile, while out bicycling on California roads. Unfortunately, in this state which is famous for its bicyclist-heavy college towns and pedestrian-friendly beach towns, the safety culture for bicyclists is anything, but safe.

Between 2000 and 2011, traffic accident fatalities dropped by 2%, but in the case of bicycling fatalities, there was actually an increase of 9%. During the same period of time, there was an increase of 3% in pedestrian accident fatalities.

Obviously, the roads are getting safer, but only for motorists and truck drivers. As far as bicyclists and pedestrians are concerned, the roads are more dangerous than ever.

The Transportation Secretary has been doing his bit to focus on bicycle safety, apart from the other items on his agenda, like the efforts against distracted driving. However, the lawmakers want more than token measures demonstrating the federal administration's commitment to enhancing bicycle safety. They specifically want more tangible measures, like investments in the safety of non-motorized users, and separate safety performance measures for motorists as well as non-motorists.


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