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Increasing Need for Biker and Pedestrian Safety in Summer Months
Every year in the U.S. thousands of pedestrians and cyclists are involved in road accidents with automobiles. According to pedbikeinfo.org, almost 5,000 people are killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes; more than 12 people every day of the year. In 2012, there were over 75,000 reported pedestrian injuries; nearly one injury every seven minutes. Over 700 people were killed in bicycle/automobile crashes and almost 50,000 injured. According to the National Safety Council, the costs of all bicyclist injuries and deaths surpasses $4 Billion each year.
Not surprisingly, more than 2/3 of bicycle crash fatalities occurred in urban areas and nearly 1/3 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. The NHTSA encourages all road users, including motorists and bicyclists, to respect each other and foster a safer transportation environment. Always remember to share the roadway with bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicycles on the road are considered vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities. Keep your eye out for them even when you think they might not be around.
Always stop for pedestrians, and stop far enough back that trailing vehicles can also recognize why you are stopping. Similarly, be aware of stopped cars in the street that may be at a halt for pedestrians. Act cautiously instead of speeding around to pass the vehicle.
Whether you are the pedestrian, cyclist or driver we all have our responsibilities we need to follow to keep the roads a safer place. What experiences do you have that would provide good insight for others on the road? Please tell us about it below.