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More and more people are realizing that bicycles are a great way to get exercise and an efficient way to travel. This also means that more people should be aware of the dangers of riding a bicycle on public roadways. Bicycle riders also should know the applicable laws - what they are and are not legally allowed to do. On this page, you can find bicycle safety statistics as well as the Code of Alabama that refers to bicycle operation on roadways.
Discussion Guide for Automated and Connected Vehicles, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: Pedestrians and bicyclists are a powerful indicator of the social and economic health and safety of a community. A high level of pedestrian and bicycle activity in a community is often associated with more robust economies and healthier, more socially-cohesive populations, while a lack of pedestrian and bicycle activity on roadways can be an indicator that personal security and safety needs are not being met or that destinations cannot be accessed on foot or by bike (PBIC, n.d.). 

Presently, technology innovations are disrupting the status quo and reshaping the ways in which people travel. Auto manufacturers are offering new vehicle automation technologies in an effort to improve safety, ease the driving task, and appeal to car buyers. At the same time, nontraditional entities—such as technology firms like Google, Uber, and nuTonomy—are adopting new roles in the transportation arena, advancing shared mobility services and hastening the speed of automation technology development. As vehicle technologies become more automated, navigation around and interactions with pedestrians and bicyclists in complex travel environments will determine their success. 

Public uptake of automated vehicles on a large scale basis will not happen until pedestrian and bicycle safety issues are addressed. Despite this fact, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and health issues are not at the forefront of automated vehicle discussions and research. For example, a January 2017 content analysis of 432 United States (U.S.) and international articles related to automated vehicle issues identified fewer than 20 that discussed pedestrian or bicycle topics, either briefly or in depth (Cavoli, 2017). 

This paper presents ten key challenge areas that need to be at the center of automated vehicle

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2017 Bicyclist Safety Report: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety

Bicyclist fatalities had been declining steadily, hitting an all-time low of 621 in 2010. Since then, however, the trend line has been moving in the wrong direction; in 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed on U.S. roadways, a 12.2% increase over the previous year and the largest uptick in two decades. Bicyclists have consistently accounted for at least 2 percent of all roadway fatalities.

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Bicyclist Deaths up 12%, Life-Saving Action Steps Recommended
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Bike Riding isn’t Child’s Play Anymore, and Cycling Crash Deaths Are Soaring
The Washington Post: Forty years ago, riding a bike was child’s play, and the overwhelming majority of those killed in bike crashes were children. Over the years, biking for fitness and as part of the daily commute has changed that dramatically. According to a report, the average age of cyclists killed in collisions in 2015 was 45.

The report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, with funding from State Farm insurance, also determined that the increase in bike deaths of 12.2 percent in 2015 outpaced the rise in overall traffic fatalities.

The report also found: Alcohol was a factor in 37 percent of fatal bike crashes, with drivers doing the drinking in 12 percent of the cases and bike riders drinking in 22 percent, the latter a decline from 38 percent 10 years ago.

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USDOT - Pedestrian and Bicycle Exposure to Risk
The USDOT has released a report that describes the methods used to estimate and evaluate exposure risk in pedestrian and bicyclist safety analyses.  One definition of a risk was the measure of the probability of a crash to occur given exposure to potential crash events.

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USDOT - Supporting Safe and Complete Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks
The US Department on Transportation has released a policy guide in hopes of increasing safety for bikes and pedestrians.This policy guidebook provides local and state agencies with the tools to create a solid policy platform to support the creation of multimodal transportation networks for users of all ages and abilities.

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How Bike Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good?
Bike-share programs have proved hugely popular in hundreds of cities around the world—but not in Australia. While bikes in the London and New York systems see three to six trips a day each, their unloved peers in Melbourne are lucky to be used once. One study declared Brisbane’s system to be the least popular in the world. Their shortcomings are partly due to flaws in the networks, but there’s another factor at play: helmet laws.

If you use bike shares in London, New York, Paris, or Hangzhou, you can bring a helmet if you want, or just leap on and pedal away. Do that in Melbourne or Brisbane and you risk being fined by police because of compulsory helmet-use laws. Both systems have tried to get around this by leaving complimentary helmets on the bikes—Melbourne leaves 1,000 new ones a month—or selling cheap helmets nearby. But for many people, it’s simply too much trouble.


This is one of the many accidental effects of helmet compulsion. Even in a youthful, vibrant city like Melbourne, a bike-share program is a nonstarter. A small if significant opportunity for creating a human-friendly city is lost.


Proponents of helmet laws usually argue something like: “If a bike helmet law saves just one life, it will be worth it.” But the accidental effects of bike helmet laws can go much further than just undermining bike-share systems—they can also take a toll on public health.

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Do Mandatory Bike-Helmet Laws Reduce Injuries?
When bicyclists are involved in accidents, they are much likelier to suffer from severe brain trauma and head injuries than are motor vehicle occupants.  Some states enforce a mandatory bicycle-helmet laws, however there are some who believe that this discourages would-be bicyclist.

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Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation
Click Here to Read USDOT Federal Highway Administration's Strategic Agenda that relates to Bicycles!

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Bankhead Tunnel to Open for Bike and Pedestrian Traffic on Trial Basis
ALDOT plans to open the Bankhead Tunnel in downtown Mobile to bicycle and pedestrian traffic on a trial basis beginning Saturday. Low traffic volumes allow the tunnel to be closed to motor vehicles, and drivers must seek alternate routes during the time the tunnel is open to cyclists and pedestrians.

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Traffic Safety Facts 2014 Data: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists
NHTSA: The 726 pedalcyclist deaths in 2014 accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities during the year.

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How FHWA is Making Biking Safer
See how our Federal Highway Administration and its partners collaborate to make biking and walking safer, affordable, more accessible, and an integral part of livable communities across America.