To truly achieve safe shared streets, towns, cities and counties need to publicly support six commitments to cycling safety.
Last year, cyclists demonstrated that there is a huge, latent, potential cycling population by flocking to roads that were closed to motor vehicles due to Covid 19. They felt safe to ride on the roads. So many new cyclists flocked to the roads that bike stores were overrun and ran out of bikes. When potential cyclists feel safe, they will ride.
Climate change action plans seek to lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the total vehicle miles traveled but achieving that goal will only happen if cyclists feel confident to ride on safe shared streets.
Publicly stating support for these six commitments provides the foundation to gathering the requisite data, and creating transparent public reporting, to fully understand and mitigate the risks cyclists face riding on their roads. Mitigation of these risks is the key to giving cyclists the confidence to ride on their roads.
It is important to note that while cities and counties across the country have adopted hundreds of pages of Complete Streets resolutions and Bike/Ped Master Plans stating safety as their top goal, many still need detailed performance metrics documenting their effectiveness in enforcing laws for cycling safety. In addition to the six commitments we also propose useful performance metrics that can help light the way toward truly safe streets for all.
Please sign the petition below and use it as a tool to encourage your town/city/county/law enforcement to publicly adopt these six commitments.
Please also sign our petition to add cyclist and pedestrian safety to the reckless driving law. We documented how powerful a critical mass of local voices can be in our analysis of petition signatories in California District 25.
The Six Commitments
Our local jurisdiction (town/city/county) commits to the following:
- Provide jurisdiction-wide training about the Near Miss Spectrum, the impact of near misses and perceived risk, and secure leadership input and support for this Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention program
- Investigate all reported incidents of motor vehicle – bicycle collisions and criminal near misses with the same priority as any other case of assault and/or battery with a deadly weapon
- Actively encourage cyclists to ride with a camera and submit all near miss incident reports to: prevent collisions, identify repeat offenders before collisions occur, and generate accurate and objective cyclist threat level data
- Provide transparent, publicly available, collision and criminal near miss metrics reporting for all assault and reckless driving incidents reported by cyclists
- Provide transparent, publicly available, three foot violation metrics reporting for all three foot violation incidents reported by cyclists
- Send three foot violation warning letters to drivers when reported by cyclists
Cycling will only increase as a travel mode when the perceived risk is reduced to a level where people feel safe and confident riding on the roads. These public reports will allow us to begin evaluating performance metrics for cycling safety.
- Did the jurisdiction achieve a jurisdiction-wide understanding of the Near Miss Spectrum, their SIF potential and cyclists’ perceived risk?
- Did the jurisdiction secure leadership input and support for this Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention program?
- Did the jurisdiction commit to performance metrics for preventing SIF potential criminal near misses?
- How effectively did the jurisdiction request cyclists to ride with a camera and submit all near miss incident reports?
- How many collisions and near miss incidents were reported in the jurisdiction?
- How many drivers involved in criminal near miss incidents were cited, charged, prosecuted, and sentenced?
- How do cyclists who submitted incident reports feel their incidents were handled?
- Has the number of cyclist incident reports increased?
- Is the cycling population increasing?
- Do cyclists feel safer and more confident riding on town/city/county streets?