How it Helps
Building safety programs that emphasize road users’ ability to get to their destination unharmed while encouraging safe and responsible conduct is essential. The availability of vehicle designs and features that contribute to accident prevention and reduce the effects of collisions on vulnerable road users will increase owing to these programs, which will also encourage safe speeds in all road-way situations.5
Cyclist and pedestrian safety depends on motorists being informed on how to share the road with them. It’s critical to understand the regulations governing passing, yielding, and other scenarios in order to anticipate interactions between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. The state government should also take measures to include information regarding drivers’ obligations to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as best practices for operating vehicles safely around them.6
Actions and Policies:
Municipal authorities must prioritize the convenience of pedestrians and cyclists by offering infrastructure based on needs particularly suited to the elderly. In this case, the agencies must implement pedestrian penal systems, fines for texting and driving, or better road crossing procedures. The agencies should also place a strong emphasis on political commitment, as well as on institutional cooperation with private actors, multiple levels of government, and education, engineering, and enforcement.7
1) Federal Highway Administration Design Approach
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an organization under the U.S. Department of Transportation. FHWA published a letter in August 2013 titled ‘Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility’ that outlines the agency’s support for a flexible approach to the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. FHWA creates infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and public education, promotion, and safety programs for utilizing such facilities. With the aid of grants, FHWA helps build and enhance bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
2) Federal Transit Administration Assistance
As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is responsible for overseeing grants to state and municipal transit providers. For municipal public transportation systems, FTA offers both technical and financial assistance. Several FTA funding sources are ready to aid urban areas in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, enhance mobility, and make it easier for people to utilize public transit. For projects involving cyclists, the FTA has a list of grant programs eligible for financing.
3) Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has the primary goal to enhance safe walking and biking as viable modes of transportation and physical exercise, thereby enhancing communities’ quality of life. PBIC develops, synthesizes, promotes, and disseminates accurate and up-to-date information on walking and bicycling to ensure that citizens and professionals have access to the best available information. To achieve this, it oversees several websites, creates a range of papers, guides, and case studies, and provides technical support and training.