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Bicycles


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.
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.