A Bit of Background
Congress first authorized federal funding to improve infrastructure projects intended for bicyclists and pedestrians in 1991.
While improvements have been made, the 2018 Benchmarking Report shows, states the League of American Bicyclists, "that more federal and state leadership is needed to make improvements in infrastructure. While forward-thinking advocates and city leaders have made progress for bicyclist and pedestrian safety at the local level, further leadership at the federal and state level is necessary to coordinate the design and implementation of cohesive, connected, and safe environments for bicycling and walking in America."
“There is a crisis in traffic safety and we have the tools to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed on our roads every year," says Ken McLeod, policy director with the league and lead author of the 2018 Benchmarking Report. "We need leaders at the national and state levels to take action: adopt Complete Streets policies, draft and implement bike and pedestrian master plans, and build protected infrastructure.”
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