Cycling, Health and Safety

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Many jurisdictions around the world are trying to retain or increase the share of cycling in urban traffic in order to benefit from the many health and transport efficiency benefits. Safety is a key concern and should be accounted for in these policies.

This report of the International Transport Forum's Cycling Safety Working Group monitors international trends in cycling, safety and policy, and explores options that may help decision makers design safe environments for cycling. Key messages relate to strategic goal-setting for cycling policy and managing crash risks while increasing health benefits. The report also discusses how to better capture crash and bicycle usage statistics. The safety impacts of a wide range of pro-cycling measures are examined in detail.


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Policy measures and administrative framework for bicycle safety

International Transport Forum

This Chapter looks at how countries and regional/local authorities are developing, facilitating or guiding cycling policy. Based on a questionnaire of International Transport Forum members, this chapter inventories national cycle plans and discusses their key features. It also reviews the different legal frameworks and rules surrounding bicycles and cycling across countries and presents some findings relating to the funding of bicycle infrastructure and programmes.

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