Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are looking for legislative safety measures means of slowing down the swelling numbers of bicyclist and pedestrian deaths across the country. Some of the proposed measures include more funding for flashing lights at pedestrian crossings, alternate methods of parking cars to prevent doors from crashing into bicycles, and special areas for bikes stopping on streets.
Support for all initiatives suggested so far has come from both Republicans and Democrats alike, a rarity these days. The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee gave its unanimous support to more funding for pedestrian and bike safety measures. The committee especially wanted to focus on innovative safety efforts in areas that have particularly high pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities.
This reverses a years-long trend of federal safety dollars going toward safety measures at car crash sites at the expense of pedestrians and cyclists.
Lots of work to be done
Of course, simply throwing money at the problem does not automatically mean there will be a solution. Transportation for America, a nonpartisan advocacy group, says there must be slower speeds on local and arterial roads if there is to be a serious push to decrease pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
Just 10 years ago, there were 4,109 pedestrian deaths in the United States. That number has risen almost every year since then, to the point where it reached 6,283 in 2018. In urban areas, pedestrian deaths are up by 69 percent over the last 10 years. Florida continues to be among national leaders in total pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
For more information about some of the safety measures that could be implemented in the coming years to help cyclists and pedestrians, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Bradenton, FL at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.