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UTCs play a key role in bike-ped safety

Last month, here in the Fast Lane and at the Pro Bike, Pro Walk, Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, Secretary Foxx said that bicycling and walking should be as safe as any other form of transportation and that, "This Department is putting together the most innovative, forward-leaning, biking-walking safety initiative ever."

Part of that initiative will require new transportation policies, new data, and new research. And while we've had an exciting development with the release of BIKESAFE, the new Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System from the Federal Highway Adminsitration, we have a lot of work ahead.

Many of the University Transportation Centers that DOT works with are already conducting research into bicyclist-pedestrian safety and helping shape the future of bicycle and pedestrian planning, management, and use. So the DOT Office of Research and Technology invited UTC representatives to a workshop with DOT experts to see how we can work together and continue moving the needle on bike-ped safety.

Photo of sign indicating bicyclists and pedestrians

We focused on four comprehensive areas: networks and connectivity; data needs; tools to address bike/ped safety; and equity considerations and ladders of opportunity...

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