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PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY

WHEREAS, unprotected roadway users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists, compete with motorized vehicles for roadways and represent a significant portion of traffic injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, the growing concentration of vehicle traffic in urban areas points toward an increase in pedestrian/bicyclist injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, in 1997, nationally, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities represented over 6,000 deaths and over 130,000 injuries, constituting a very serious public health problem; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System data shows that pedestrian and bicycle fatalities constitute the second largest category of traffic related fatalities and make up 15% of the total 41,000 deaths reported in 1997; and

WHEREAS, the greatest percentage of pedestrian fatalities occur after the hours of darkness or under low visibility conditions; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the use of a broad range of federal initiatives to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety and related infrastructure programs in order to help reduce the fatality and injury rates in our nation’s cities, including the funding efforts of the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as those of HUD, including the Community Development Block Grant and other HUD programs, as appropriate, as well as programs of the Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce and other relevant federal government programs.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the use of federal transportation dollars to improve pedestrian safety and information systems, including effective traffic control devices, traffic control systems and intelligent transportation systems.

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