By Charles Pekow — How can we make biking safer on high-speed-limit roads? The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is going to give a contractor $550,000 and two- and a half years to find out. TRB noted that the higher the speed limit, the more dangerous conditions are for bicyclists and pedestrians. So it issued a request-for-proposals to issue a report on Speed Management Strategies to Improve Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety on Arterials and Higher-Speed Roadways.
Most safety programs for cyclists have focused on low-speed roads. Methods that work on them (speed humps, bumps, turn lanes and reduced speed limits) may not be practical on high-speed roads, TRB notes.
The project will be tasked with reviewing existing efforts and studies and developing a guide for practitioners.