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Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

Increasing the number of people who commute by cycling holds the potential to alleviate congestion, decrease air pollution, and improve riders’ health through exercise. However, over the last few years accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles have resulted in the deaths of 600 to 800 cyclists per year. Urban transportation engineers must work to improve the safety of cycling infrastructure, if cycling is to reach its full potential.

The present course presents ideas on how to improve cycling safety. Statistical data on the sources and types of cycling accidents are described. Types of bikeways and “bicycle boulevards” are presented. Cyclists’ attitudes towards helmet use and towards various types of biking facilities are given. Three case studies provide much useful and practical information about cycling infrastructure successes and failures in cities recognized for their active promotion of cycling.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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