A couple of weeks ago, Bikes Belong announced that Austin had been selected
as one of six focus cities in the Green Lane Project. The Project will
try to establish a partnership between the cities that it identifies as
national leaders in safe bicycling spaces.
Bikes Belong is an advocacy group sponsored by the U.S. bicycle industry
with one express goal: putting more people on bicycles more often. The
group’s Green Lane Project is a program designed to foster a partnership
between cities with working plans to promote bicycle traffic.
By creating a forum for discussion, the Green Lane Project hopes that these
cities will share ideas, practices and links to other resources. Additionally,
the project has a goal of identifying further sources of funding that
the cities could use to promote their bicycle safety agendas.
The six cities selected for the project are Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland,
San Francisco and Washington D.C. They were chosen from a pool of 42 city-applicants
spread across the nation. According to the project website, just the sheer
number of applications demonstrates that bicycle safety is becoming an
increasing priority for urban communities.
In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that
national bicyclist fatalities and injuries were on the decline. In 2008,
718 people were killed in bicycle accidents across the nation. In 2009,
by comparison, that number was significantly reduced to 630.
Though bike safety is improving in the United States, the nation still
has a long ways to go. With soaring gas prices and a struggling economy,
the number of bike users is only set to increase. If more cities don’t
get serious about creating bike friendly spaces, we could see rising bike
fatalities and injuries.
At the Kyle Law Firm, we’re proud to support cyclists in
personal injury claims. If you’ve been injured in a
bicycle accident, you should
contact the Kyle Law Firm today.