Bicyclists and pedestrians now represent 16.3 percent of all traffic deaths, yet states spend just 0.4% of their safety dollars on bicycle and pedestrian safety.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership applauds Sens. Merkley (D-OR), Ayotte (R-NH) and Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Coble (R-NC), DeFazio (D-OR) and McCaul (R-TX) for introducing legislation (S. 1708 / H.R. 3494) to require USDOT to set a non-motorized safety performance measure. This is absolutely critical to ensure that every state looks at their trends for bicycle and pedestrian safety and sets a target for reducing these fatalities and serious injuries--and then uses safety money to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Please help us build the momentum for this important legislation by contacting your members of Congress to ask them to co-sponsor these bills. It’s time that we all stand together to say that the deaths of bicyclists and pedestrians deserve to be counted and prevented too.