Why this matters
One of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s goals is to move Colorado towards zero traffic deaths, which includes bicyclists and pedestrian fatalities. Bicyclists and pedestrians have unique safety needs and can be particularly vulnerable to crashes involving larger motorized vehicles. Bicyclist crashes represent 2% of all fatalities and 4% of all serious injuries. Pedestrian crashes represent 10% of all fatalities and 7% of all serious injuries. Whether biking and walking to commute to work or for recreational purposes, bicycling and walking offers several important benefits. These benefits include an opportunity to obtain moderate physical activity levels, preserving and enhancing Colorado’s natural and built environment, and increasing mobility options. Therefore, it is important to explore creative solutions to creating a safer bicycling and pedestrian experience.
According to the league of American Bicyclists, 1.3% of commute trips in Colorado were made by bike in 2014. This makes Colorado the state with the second highest bike-commuting share, behind Oregon.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s May 2016 Traffic Safety Facts (2014 data) Bicyclists and Other Cyclists.
According to the 2016 CDOT Problem Identification Report, a higher percent of injuries among people involved in bicyclist crashes were seriously and fatally injured compared to non-bicyclist crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 State Pedestrian Fatality Rates, where the last ranked is the lowest fatality rate. Colorado has a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.18 fatalities per 100,000 population, this is below the national average of 1.53 pedestrian fatalities.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation 63% of pedestrian fatalities in Colorado occur at non-intersections.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts, 72% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in the dark in 2014.
The four counties with the next highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2014 include: Adams (8), Arapahoe (8), Jefferson (7), and El Paso (5).