National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


This document is a call to action for the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety. It includes goals, strategies, and short- and long-term actions that can be taken to reduce injury and mortality associated with bicycle-related incidents. It is national in scope, but local in application. The National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety was developed by a diverse group of bicycle advocates, injury prevention specialists, and government representatives working together at a conference in July 2000. Although it reflects the thoughts of that group, it is not meant to be a government plan of action.

The National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety is the first step in beginning the process of changing the cycling environment in significant ways by addressing five key goals:

  • Motorists will share the road
  • Bicyclists will ride safely
  • Bicyclists will wear helmets
  • The legal system will support safe bicycling
  • Roads and paths will safely accommodate bicyclists

Filed in: Education, Promoting Walking and Bicycling, Plans and Policies, Crashes and Safety

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