Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Prioritized by USDOT

Last September at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced that the USDOT is rolling out their “Safer People, Safer Streets” initiative over the next 18 months.

We’re looking forward to the follow-up on this ground-breaking announcement at the National Bike Summit in a couple of weeks. We hear that Secretary Foxx will also be in attendance to hopefully update on the USDOT’s Safer People, Safer Streets initiative.

Miovision is also proud to be an exhibitor at this conference. If you’re in attendance, please come by and visit us where we’ll be talking about our latest EBook, Building a Bike-Friendly Chicago, How Video Data is Moving Chicago Forward.

The USDOT plan prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle safety for all 50 states

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According to The League of American Bicyclists, the last National Bike Plan was written over 20 years ago and it helped to create a 4% increase of trips made by foot or bike between 1991 and 2009. With an even greater amount of pressure on multi-modal shifts to ease congestion and emissions, The League lobbied the USDOT to update their plan. Rolling out in 2014/2015 is the USDOT’s response: the ambitious Safer People, Safer Streets initiative.

Within the initiative, the Administration has identified four areas of focus, including:

  • Infrastructure Safety: new guidance on road diets, separated bike lanes, and safety solutions, as well as a new research agenda.
  • Behavior Safety and Education: new countermeasures and education material on distracted motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Vehicle Safety: ensuring that pedestrians and bicyclists are represented during development of new technologies like connected cars and crash avoidance systems.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: priority on obtaining better data on bicyclists’ trips and crash data. This is obviously welcome news to Miovision.

Chicago is among the nation’s leaders in building a bike-friendly city

In 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel set out the bold vision that by 2020, Chicago will have developed a 645-mile network of on-street bikeways that will encourage Chicagoans to ride their bikes. The bold vision was in response to the safety concerns of up to 60% of  riders who are concerned about riding in traffic.

Much of the infrastructure development focused on Complete Streets projects, which involve significant alterations to the roadways so that they are safe and comfortable for all modes of travel. Major changes require major data points and Chicago needed a data collection solution. They are working with Miovision.

Read the Bike-Friendly Chicago EBook.

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This EBook details Chicago’s challenge and progress against making their city the Best City in America for Cycling. To do this, Chicago needed to:

  • Provide more bicycle accommodations where people live
  • Provide more bikeways where people live
  • Establish and increase a strong backbone of infrastructure

In October 2014, Chicago was named the Second Best City in America for cycling by Bicycling Magazine, up from fifth in 2012.