Congressman Sires Raises Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Concerns
(Washington D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires questioned witnesses at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing as to how the federal government can make our roads safer for all users. The hearing, entitled, “Improving the Effectiveness of the Federal Surface Transportation Safety Grant Programs”, focused broadly on gains in highway safety and the important role the federal government has played in reducing roadway fatalities. However, Congressman Sires pointed out that while traffic fatalities have shown a downward trend, bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle deaths have increased sharply.
“More than 30,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012, and 17% of those deaths were our roads most vulnerable users: pedestrians and bicyclists. Yet, only 1.5% of federal transportation funding goes towards making our sidewalks and streets safer for them,” the Congressman stated. “With an increasing number of people biking and walking each year, we must ensure that we look at our roadways holistically - as a network made up of many different users - and take all of their safety into account.”