Gary was bicycle touring on a rural state highway with a rumble strip installed down the middle of the shoulder. When motorists approached from opposite directions, Gary was forced to choose: ride on a one-foot strip of pavement to the right of the rumble strip or ride on the white line? Neither driver seemed to see him, so he held on tight and rode over the rumble strip, which shook him and his loaded bike into the ditch.
Stories like Gary’s shouldn’t happen. Cyclists are legal road users and we should be able to bike without fearing for our safety every time a car approaches. However, cyclist fatalities are on the rise while motorist fatalities are decreasing. So what are we doing about it?
Adventure Cycling launched a Safety Program in 2018 and hired a full time safety coordinator. We now have goals and strategies for the new program, and with more staff capacity we’re working on issues like rumble strips, safe passing, and distracted driving in ways we couldn’t before.
With new webpages highlighting our Safety Program, we can now share our progress and calls to action with you!
Here’s three strategies we’re using to tackle bike travel safety:
1. We’ll work with agencies and advocates to make existing rumble strip policies and designs safer for bicyclists.
2. We’ll work with you and bicycle advocates across the U.S. to pass more laws and policies that improve conditions for cycling.
3. We’ll also analyze road conditions along our bike routes and work with transportation officials to improve high risk corridors.
Here’s how you can help: