bicycle safety News

Cycling Safety: Insurance Industry, Virginia Tech Rate Biker Helmets

The next time you hop on a bicycle to head across town, consider this: your helmet may not perform well enough in an accident. A first-of-its-kind study using the latest techniques for simulating head injuries found significant variations in how …

Review of 14 Studies Identifies Risk Factors for Kids’ Bicycle Injuries

Kids of lower socioeconomic status, those riding in rural areas, and those riding mostly on the sidewalk have higher risk of injury than others, according to a new review. Not surprisingly, injuries related to motor vehicle collisions are more severe …

Kentucky Senate Passes 3-Feet Bicycle Safety Rule

Drivers overtaking bicyclists on Kentucky roads would have to leave at least 3 feet between their vehicle and the bicycle under a bill that cleared the state Senate. The Kentucky Senate voted 33-4 to approve a bill that governs how …

Tennessee Sees Sharpest Increase in Pedestrian, Bicycle Deaths Since 1984

Tennessee officials have recorded more pedestrian and bicycle deaths in 2015 than in any other year in the past two decades. WPLN reports that statistics show 120 pedestrians and bicyclists had died as of Dec. 29. By comparison, there were …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bicycle Laws

Bicyclists can get little respect on the road — from drivers, pedestrians, even fellow cyclists. Sometimes the angry stares are deserved, but more often the friction stems from the fact that bicycles, cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians are scrabbling with …

Rise in Bicycle-Related Fatalities Prompts Awareness Push in Vermont

Vermont transportation officials are set to launch an awareness campaign to make Vermont roads safer for bicyclists and motorcyclists. Vermont Public Radio reports officials are pushing the campaign because of an unusually large number of fatal crashes this year. One …

Roadway Bicycle Safety Bill Stalls in South Dakota House

State lawmakers want to make bicycling safer in South Dakota, but they’re having trouble figuring out how exactly to do it. The House Transportation Committee on Jan. 27 for the second time was unable to reach a consensus over a …

Alabama State Senator Seeks Law on Bike, Car Road Sharing

An Alabama state senator wants to require drivers to stay three feet away from bicyclists after a recent fatal crash. Republican state Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur told the Decatur Daily that he hopes lawmakers will approve a “three-foot bill” …

Report: Bicycle Fatalities, Injuries Down in Ohio

Riding a bicycle on Ohio roads seems to be getting safer, according to state statistics. The Ohio Department of Public Safety statistics show that fewer bicyclists were injured or killed while riding in the state last year compared with the …

Mississippi Bike Fatality Prompts Vow to Enforce 3-Foot Rule

The death last month of a bicycle rider in a traffic accident has led city leaders in Oxford, Mississippi, to take a stronger look at bicycle safety. City Planner Tim Akers told the Oxford Board of Aldermen that police will …