BicyclingInfo.Org : A Website You Should Know

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Summary

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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community.

They describe the benefits of cycling as:

The positive consequences of biking as a healthy mode of transportation, or as a purely recreational activity, span across many aspects of our lives. They can be expressed in terms of the health of the environment (and resulting health of all living things), as well as the health of individuals who are more physically active. A transportation system that is conducive to bicycling can reap many benefits in terms of reduced traffic congestion and improved quality of life. Economic rewards both to the individual and to society are also realized through reduced health care costs and reduced dependency on auto ownership (and the resulting insurance and maintenance costs). There are also other economic benefits of bicycling that are more difficult to measure, such as the increased economic vitality of communities that have emphasized bicycle mobility. Finally, bikeable communities create a more equitable society that provides transportation choice for all citizens.

More information about the benefits of biking can be found in the video created by the Ann Arbor Energy Office, “Why Walk or Bike?” available in the PBIC Video Library.

You can find crash and safety facts as well:

The threat of being injured or killed while bicycling is a serious concern for many individuals and sometimes a very real problem that communities must face. This section provides a broad perspective of nationwide crash and safety facts related to bicyclists, presenting links to general bicycling statistics—such as bicyclist volumes, rates, and trends—as well as facts about bicyclists involved in crashes with other roadway users and descriptions of common bicycling crash types. It also provides tips for finding local sources of data and safety information.

Learn how to develop plans and policies for cycling in your community:

Bicycle-friendly communities have one thing in common: they place a high priority on short- and long-term planning methods and policy-making that incorporate and support non-motorized transportation. Planning so that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike can travel safely and harmoniously is sometimes a difficult balancing act, but the positive benefits reaped by a comprehensive transportation plan are overwhelming.

Land use and transportation planning is key to establishing quality multimodal service and to affording choices in transportation to community members. Thorough planning enables a community to become proactive rather than reactive in addressing concerns about bicyclist access, mobility, safety, and aesthetics. In the end, this can save time, money, and lives.

Learn more about the various levels of bicycle planning, what goes into good bicycle planning, how the cycling mode can be integrated into plans and policies, what policies and regulations in states and cities have made improvements for bicycling and pedestrian conditions, and review sample pedestrian plans.

Learn how to educate drivers and bicyclists:

Education can be a powerful tool for changing behavior and improving safety skills. Bicyclists and motorists alike can benefit from educational tools and messages that teach them the rules, rights, and responsibilities of various modes of travel.

There are major differences in the bicycling abilities, behavioral patterns, and learning capacities of different groups of bicyclists and other road users. For example, children have different physical and psychological abilities than adult bicyclists, young drivers exhibit different behaviors and driving skills than older drivers, and college age bicyclists may be reached through educational outlets that differ from those of other groups. Because of this, educational programs need to be tailored to the specific audiences they intend to address and to the behaviors they seek to modify.

This section provides important messages for a range of different audiences that can be part of an educational campaign or program. It also offers links for finding more information related to bicycling education.

Involving Law Enforcement

Enforcing traffic laws and regulating bicyclists, motorists, and other roadway users is a key element for ensuring a safe and healthy bicycling environment. Enforcement programs can be used to educate roadway users about the traffic laws that govern them; serve as periodic reminders to obey traffic rules; encourage safer behaviors; and monitor and protect public spaces. They can also help reinforce and support educational programs and messages.

For many communities, the first step for building an enforcement program lies in reviewing and modifying laws and policies affecting bicyclists. It is critical that effective procedures are in place for handling violators and for training law enforcement officers.

The term “enforcement” is not limited to law officers issuing tickets. Enforcement activities can involve a variety of “carrots and sticks” to encourage certain behaviors and deter others. Enforcement activities can be carried out by many different community groups, from parents and employers to neighborhood associations to law enforcement agencies. Developing partnerships for law enforcement is a key component of a successful and lasting enforcement program.

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