Feds to focus on making bicyclists safer
With bicycling growing increasingly popular as a means of transportation – and more and more cities adding bike lanes to their roadways – the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is considering ways to improve the safety of bicyclists in the U.S.
To that end, the agency has conducted its first analysis of the subject in 47 years. The report on that analysis, “Bicyclist safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures,” will be the focus of an NTSB board meeting next month.
Bicyclists are considered vulnerable road users as they are more susceptible to injury or death in the event of a crash. In 2017 alone, 783 bicyclists died in crashes involving motor vehicles. The safety research report updates the agency’s understanding of bicyclist safety in the US by examining the prevalence and risk factors of bicycle crashes involving motor vehicles and assessing the most applicable countermeasures.
The meeting is open to the public. It will take place in the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 410 10th St., SW, Washington, DC. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. (EST).