Showing posts with label cycling safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cycling safety. Show all posts

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bicycle Safety Education: Beyond the Bike Rodeo?

From:  Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Over the past decades bicycle safety education has developed into its own field, ultimately being implemented in a variety of ways, depending primarily on the amount of time and resources available to convey important concepts. These choices are not easy and inevitably we, as educators, must make informed compromises. There are two integral resources when considering what, exactly, to teach during valuable class time:
First, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide, released in 2011, catalogs the curricula available throughout the country, and clearly speaks to the various characteristics that are relevant to the educator, including grade level, type of instruction, program duration, cost, necessary equipment and adherence to state education standards. This resource is pure gold for the educator who has not yet chosen a curriculum for the classroom and its individual constraints.
NHTSASecond, and perhaps most relevant, is a new study that was released by National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration entitled “Bicycle Safety Education for Children From a Developmental and Learning Perspective”  that closely analyzes bicycle education content and its actual effect on student behavior.
The study can aid educators utilizing the theories of child development and learning to guide the content and delivery of bicycle education programs. The study demonstrates that various approaches can educate students without improving behavior (think one hour assembly) while some improve behavior but do not reduce crashes - particularly common crashes with children. The study is a must read for those administering bicycle education programs but clearly draws the line that perhaps traditional methods of teaching bicycle education, including stand alone bicycle rodeos, are good for building background education and hopefully enthusiasm for bicycling, but if you want students to improve their behavior and safety, longer educational sessions that target common crashes where youth are over represented is a must. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Distracted-Driving Deaths of Pedestrians, Cyclists Up in U.S., Study Finds

From Medline PlusAmerican pedestrians and bicyclists are being killed by distracted drivers in increasing numbers, a new study finds.

Pedestrian deaths caused by distracted driving -- perhaps talking on cell phones, using a GPS or eating at the wheel -- jumped nearly 50 percent in a recent five-year period, reaching 500 in 2010.

The number of bicyclists killed by distracted drivers increased 30 percent, from 56 in 2005 to 73 in 2010, according to the study, which was published in the November-December issue of the journal Public Health Reports.

"We're constantly exposed to distracted drivers," study author Fernando Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a university news release.

"I don't think there's a day that I don't see someone driving and using their cell phone. A lot of times they're texting," he said. "It's something that's pervasive in society. That's one of the reasons it's so difficult to deal with."

White males ages 25 to 64 accounted for two-thirds of the pedestrian victims and 83 percent of the cyclist victims, according to the study. About half of the pedestrian and cyclist deaths occurred during daytime hours. Many were killed in cities and outside of marked crosswalks.

This disturbing trend runs counter to the overall decline in motor-vehicle deaths in the nation.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in distracted driving accidents are increasing, says new study

From the Public Health Law Research Group
Distracted driving is claiming the lives of pedestrians and bicyclists at an increasing rate, according to a new study published online today in Public Health Reports.

The study examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database from 2005 to 2010 on every crash on US public roads that resulted in at least one death. Pedestrian fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes have steadily increased between 2005 and 2010 - from 347 in 2005 to 500 in 2010. Bicyclist fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes increased from 56 in 2005 to 77 in 2008, decreasing to 73 fatalities in 2010, according to the study.

The study also finds that distracted drivers were 1.6 times more likely than non-distracted drivers to fatally hit pedestrians at marked cross-walks. Distracted drivers were nearly three times more likely to hit pedestrians on road shoulders.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Advocacy Alert: Funding for MAP-21

Funding for Transportation Alternatives in MAP-21

Last year Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, combining several programs for biking and walking including Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trails under a new program called Transportation Alternatives. Funding for these programs was reduced by 30%. Currently there are efforts in Congress to redirect resources for the Transportation Alternatives program toward bridge repairs by Senator Rand Paul (KY) through an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations billas well as an amendment by Senator Lee (UT), which would prohibit any funding from being used for Transportation Alternatives. It does not direct the money be spent elsewhere.

While resources are needed to continue to repair and maintain our infrastructure, including bridges, it is also important cities, towns and counties have the resources to provide safe and efficient transportation options for everyone. Dedicating the small amount of Transportation Alternatives funding to bridge repair couldn't fix our country's bridges in 50 years.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendments 1742 and 1798. Please feel free to share this message widely with your partners.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New ad campaign targets pedestrian and cyclist safety

The Denver Post is highlighting new campaigns targeted at traffic safety to prevent motor vehicle crashes due a recent sharp increase in the number of crashes harming cyclists and pedestrians. Learn more about the campaign from the Denver Post article.