Creating Safe Environments For Bicyclists – Part 2 of 3
Between 2010 and 2012, California, Florida, New York and Texas had nearly half of the country’s total bicyclist fatalities. Part of the explanation for the increasing number of bicycle deaths is that more tribe are bicycling to and from work, the report suggested. Nearly 300000 more people biked to work in 2008 to 2012 than in 2000, according to US Census data. “There has been a national movement to get race out walking and biking because it has major benefits for their health, and for the environment,” said Jacob Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research with the Automobile Association of America.
And “While it is important to reassure more people to walk and bike, we need to think about how we manage a growing number of vulnerable road users. Policy makers who are vocal advocates for walking and biking need to also be vocal advocates for creating protected environments for bicyclists – and I’m not sure that always happens”. Some cities have developed more bike lanes and changed traffic patterns to accommodate the increasing number of bicyclists on their roads, according to the report.
These methods may fashion a barrier between motor vehicles and cyclists, making the roads a safer place for cyclists. Another important step in reducing bicycle fatalities is the predictable use of a helmet. Wearing a properly fitted helmet significantly reduces the chances of having a serious head injury, according to Williams. But, nearly half of American adults never wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, according to family information from the report.