- Last Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 17:32
- Written by Admin
Three important points stand out from the report:
1) "Driver error contributes to way more deaths than cyclist error." Despite incessant complaints about scofflaw cyclists (and trust us, we get plenty of emails on the subject), the vast majority of people operating bicycles do so lawfully and courteously. Distracted, careless driving is the single biggest risk factor in fatal crashes with people on bikes.
2) While not a common type of collision overall, rear end collisions "can be the most dangerous ones, especially when cars are moving at high speeds and drivers don't see cyclists." Urban arterial roads that lack separated facilities are usually a higher risk for these types of crashes. The solution: Complete Streets conversions, that include at least buffered bike lanes, on high-speed arterial roads.
What we're doing about it: We were just awarded a second grant from FHWA to conduct an additional series of workshops on Complete Streets implementation. This year, we'll be conducting workshops in Albany, Macon, Milledgeville, and Valdosta.
3) "In order to prevent bicycle fatalities, we need to begin collecting much better systematic data on them." Compared to the copious data collected about motor vehicle use and crashes, there is almost no data on bicycling in Georgia. Only Atlanta and Savannah conduct any kind of bicycle traffic counts, and the state's official highway safety plans do not include measurable performance measures for reducing bicyclist fatalities, despite the fact that these types of fatalities have been on the rise since 2011.
What we're doing about it: We serve on the Strategic Highway Safety Plan non-motorized task team and have recommended a number of specific performance measures to increase data collection about bicyclist fatalities.