Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety


Walking and biking are healthy, environmentally friendly transportation options. More people are walking and biking to work, cities are implementing bike share programs, and transportation planners are taking pedestrians and bicyclists into account.

GHSA Policy

Click here to view GHSA's policy and priorities on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety.

Unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are at an inherent disadvantage when involved in traffic crashes: when a faster moving vehicle meets a pedestrian or a bicycle, the vehicle always wins.

In 2015, 5,350 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, 15% of all traffic fatalities.1

GHSA's latest Spotlight on Highway Safety Report on pedestrian fatalities anticipated a 10% increase for 2015. Final NHTSA data showed a 9.5% increase.1

Each year about 2 percent of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes are bicyclists. In 2015, 815 cyclists were killed.1

GHSA recognizes the importance of bicyclist and pedestrian safety. Several of its member State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) administer programs focused on improving safety for people who ride bikes and walk.

1 National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2016, August). 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview (Traffic Safety Facts Crash•Stats. Report No. DOT HS 812 318). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



GHSA does not track state pedestrian safety laws but does track bicycle helmet laws in states where they have been enacted.

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