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The League of American Bicyclists believes that people of all ages and abilities must be able to use our nation's roadways safely regardless of the mode of travel that they use or the purpose of their travel. In order to ensure the safety of all road users, the League supports Vision Zero - that traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable and that the government is responsible for creating safe systems that prevent those traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
At the federal level, bicycle and pedestrian safety is affected by federal transportation funding and policies and funding for traffic safety programs, including education programming. With the help of nearly 10,000 comments from concerned citizens and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, the League has pushed the federal government to require that each state sets a goal for non-motorized safety.
In 2018, for the first time, every state had to set a goal for the number of non-motorized road users, such as bicyclists and pedestrians, who are killed or seriously injured within each state. These goals, although most are not aggressive in reducing fatalities and serious injuries, are important because they help set federal and state policies for traffic safety.
This page provides resources on federal advocacy related to bicyclist and pedestrian safety, primarily through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).