Is It Possible to Make High-Speed Roads Safe for Bikes?

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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.

300 W between N. Temple and 600 N. needs bike lanes and lower speed limits. North of 600 North, the bike lanes need to be brought up to standard. Photo by Dave Iltis
300 W between N. Temple and 600 N. needs bike lanes and lower speed limits. North of 600 North, the bike lanes need to be brought up to standard. Photo by Dave Iltis

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.

Details: https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=5340

 

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