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National Bike Summit 2018: Institutional Efforts to Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

There are many national organizations with an interest in traffic safety. In this session you will hear from prominent organizations whose work impacts safety at the national, state, and local level. These organizations are great potential partners as bicycling and walking advocacy groups lead the push for transformative safety policies and actions in pursuit of zero traffic fatalities.

The Governors’ Highway Safety Association is a leader in transportation safety. Its members are the state highway safety offices that administer behavioral safety programming. In August 2017, the GHSA published “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety” to help state highway safety offices respond to an increase in bicyclist deaths.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been instrumental in reducing deaths and injuries in aviation, rail, and other transportation sectors. With the 2017 release of “Reducing Speeding-Related Crashes Involving Passenger Vehicles” the NTSB has issued 19 safety recommendations focused on speed reduction for traffic safety improvement.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has represented state Departments of Transportation for years. Recently, AASHTO has created a Council on Active Transportation, placing biking and walking at the same level of importance as the five other modal councils that feed ideas to AASHTO’s policymaking process:

The National Association of City Transportation Officials’ mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. Last December, NACTO released new guidance that explains how to build safe cycling facilities for regular cyclists, Designing for All Ages & Abilities. U.S. cities continue to lead the way as we establish best practices for roadway design that works for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Learn more at the National Bike Summit’s Event page.