This report is in response to the Highway Safety Act of 1973, Section 214, pp 93-97, which requires the Secretary of Transportation to sumbit to Congress the results of his investigation, findings, and recommendations for appropriate legislation concerning pedestrian-bicycle safety. The research conducted for this study showed that there is a serious lack of uniformity among pedestrian laws which causes confusion on the part of both motorists and pedestrians. Statements of policy and/or directives relating to pedestrians should be established and police police officers apprised of the importance of appropriate countermeasure activity. Pedestrian-bicyclist safety educational programs should be broadened to include all ages and should be directed toward target groups with special messages for specific accident types. The legal status of the bicycle and bicyclist in relation to motor vehicles and pedestrians needs to be defined more precisely in order to avoid confusion over rights-of-way and legal liabilities associated with traffic laws. The study revealed the need for state and local action on the pedestrian-bicycle safety problem, and showed that such action can best be constructed around needs identified by analysis of traffic records and programmatic activities.

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  • Pagination: 101 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS-801383
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM