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TRAFFIC SAFETY DATABASE

Search through the NCSL/NHTSA State Traffic Safety Legislation Database for the latest in traffic safety legislative activity, including bills related to bicycle and pedestrian safety.
 

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FEATURED RESOURCE

To combat the rise in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and create more walkable communities, state legislatures have been toughening laws regarding the circumstances when a motorist must stop or yield to a pedestrian crossing at an uncontrolled crosswalk.

 

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FALL FORUM SESSIONS RESOURCES

2014 Fall Forum logoHere are some of the resources from the NCSL Forum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-12.

 

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BICYCLES AND PEDESTRIANS OVERVIEW

State legislatures have been active in adopting a variety of policies that encourage safe bicycling and walking environments, such as "complete streets" policies, funding mechanisms for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, safe bicycle passing laws, safe routes to school and traffic enforcement strategies.

These policies seem to be positively impacting the safety and convenience of bicycling and walking for transportation; trips made by bike or foot made up 12 percent of trips in 2009, almost double the six percent recorded in 1995. Over the same period, bicyclists and pedestrians injuries declined by six percent and 16 percent respectively, although they make up a disproportionate share still. Many municipalities have seen their bicycling rates increase by over 100 percent or more in the past decade as people look for cheap, healthy transportation options.



 

 
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