One of the factors driving the increase in bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities in the US is the ever-increasing size of motor vehicles. Our safety standards for vehicles, unlike those in some European nations, only focus on the safety of people INSIDE the vehicle and not on those who may be STRUCK by the vehicle. According to StreetsBlog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is not doing enough to improve vehicle safety; they have proposed regulations but are being heavily lobbied by the automotive and trucking industries.
Send your comments supporting
- A stronger pedestrian safety rating system (through either America Walks or Salud America!; closes July 25)
- Automatic emergency braking that can detect everyone on the road (through America Walks; closes August 14)
- Side underride guards that keep pedestrians and cyclists safe (through the League of American Bicyclists; closes July 20)