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NHTSA's Bike Safety Program -- Ancient history from 1999

Summary: The US Dept. of Transportation (NHTSA) announced these initiatives in 1999. They are history but left here for that reason. For recent NHTSA publications and resources, see this newer page.

Bicycle Safety Initiatives

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Summary for National Bicycle Safety Network
January 20, 1999

Maria E. Vegega, Ph.D. Marietta Pearson
Safety Countermeasures Division
Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs, NHTSA


Marvin Levy, Ph.D.
Research and Evaluation Division
Office of Research and Traffic Records. NHTSA

Note: This is an old description, but a few of the materials mentioned below are still available on the NHTSA website.

Bicycle safety issues and activities in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are primarily the responsibility of Traffic Safety Programs, which is responsible for the behavioral aspects of bicycle safety, including pertinent research, public information and education, enforcement, and outreach. The bicycle safety program is the responsibility of both the Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs and the Office of Research and Traffic Records. In addition, NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) provides information on fatalities and injuries due to bicycle-related traffic crashes. Telephone inquiries regarding data should be addressed to Ms. Louann Hall at 1-800-934-8517.

Many bicycle safety activities are carried out jointly with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). NHTSA provides leadership and assistance to the bicycle safety community through information and education; partnerships and outreach; and technical assistance, training and infrastructure support. Current NHTSA initiatives are listed below.

Program Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Other Initiatives