The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) just issued a press release about their recent efforts to promote active transportation during Bicycle Safety Awareness Month. Officials with Caltrans hope to double walking and transit use and triple bicycle use by 2020. Officials believe that supporting active and multi-modal transportation plays a large role in maximizing the effectiveness of the state’s transportation system. Additionally, if more people utilize active forms of transportation, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. They also hope to improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians.

U.S. Active Transportation Stats

  • In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in U.S. traffic crashes.
  • There were 840 cyclist fatalities in 2016.
  • On average in 2016, a pedestrian was killed nearly every 1.5 hours.
  • Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.
  • 26 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred from 6:00 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. in 2016.
  • The cyclist fatality rate per million people was 5.6 times higher for males than females in 2016.
  • More than two-thirds (70 percent) of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males in 2016.

Promoting Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety and Access in California

Caltrans’ statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan, “Toward an Active California,” lays out various polices and actions to support active forms of transportation. Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) is providing $1 over the next decade to improve access and safety for cyclist and pedestrian projects in local areas all over the State of California.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents in California

Pedestrians and bicycle riders are two of the most vulnerable roadway user groups in the nation. Even with helmets, collisions with motor vehicles are often devastating or catastrophic for bicycle riders. Pedestrians, without even the protection of a helmet, are at even greater risk for serious and potentially fatal injuries if hit by a car.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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