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Are bicyclists allowed to ride on interstates?
It varies by state. All states prohibit cyclists on at least some limited access divided express highways. Several states — Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming — permit bikes on virtually all interstates. ...more >
I'd like to see colored bike lanes in my community. What color should we use and what impact with they have?
Many European countries use colored bike lanes to demarcate space for bicyclists and to draw motorists' attention to the bike lanes. The Danes use blue, the Dutch use red, the British use red or green, ...more >
Is it true that trails and bike paths are more dangerous than roads?
There's an oft-quoted statistic that riding on a bike paths is 2.6 times more dangerous than riding on the road. The number comes from a 1974 masters thesis study of adult cyclists that was used by author John Forester in his book & ...more >
How safe is it to bicycle on interstates?
A study of the nearly 4,000 bicycle fatalities in the United States between 1994 and 1998 found that seven bicyclists were killed on rural interstates. All seven riders were riding in the travel lane rather than on the shoulder. ...more >
How many bicyclists are killed and injured each year?
In 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 784 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and 45,000 were injured. These numbers represent 2 percent of the total number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes. ...more >
Are bicyclists required to wear helmets?
A number of states and localities have passed laws requiring the use of helmets by bicyclists -- usually targeted at children under the age of 16, although this varies widely. No states have yet passed a law requiring adults to wear helmets. ...more >
How important are bicycle facility and roadway maintenance to bicycle safety and access?
Proper bicycle facility and roadway maintenance may be one of the most important ways that states and local communities can improve the safety and accessibility of roads and shared-use paths to bicyclists. ...more >
Who is involved in bicycle crashes?
Bicyclists may be involved in crashes with motorists, as well as pedestrians and other cyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2005 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 38. ...more >