NYBC is partially-funded by a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to design and implement a statewide bicycle safety campaign – More New Yorkers Bicycling and Driving Safely – designed to encourage mutual respect between motorists and bicyclists and shared responsibility for complying with traffic laws.
- Improve cyclists’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to safe bicycling
- Educate motorists about their legal responsibilities when interacting with bicyclists on the road
When addressing traffic safety issues, NYBC and our partners use the Traffic Safety Triangle, commonly referred to as the 3 E’s – Education, Engineering, Enforcement – a widely-used model for reducing bicycle – motor vehicle crashes and improving bicycle safety at the community level.
Education – providing bicyclists with the knowledge and skills they need to ride safely and comfortably in a variety of settings – including city streets, rural highways, and trails. NYBC encourages children and adults to learn how to safely operate a bicycle, and we work to improve motorist and cyclist awareness of their rights and responsibilities on the road through public education campaigns.
Engineering – providing safe and accessible conditions for bicycling by upgrading existing or building new facilities such as signage, wider paved shoulders, shared lane markings, bike lanes, cycle tracks and off-road paths and trails. Proper design and maintenance of these facilities is crucial, as is ensuring connectivity of a community’s network of bicycling routes. NYBC advocates for the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian safety and access in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of highway and bridge projects on local and state highways. We also support adequate and equitable state and federal funding for bicycle, pedestrian and trail projects.
Enforcement – the provision of traffic laws and regulations that govern the operation of motor vehicles and bicycles to ensure safety for all road users. In order for regulations to work law enforcement officers, prosecutors and courts must understand these laws have the knowledge and ability to apply them equitably to ensure public safety. Bicycle laws for motorists are designed to discourage behavior that endangers cyclists riding legally on roadways. But if those laws are not enforced, unsafe motorist behavior will continue to threaten the lives of people riding bikes. Likewise, cyclists must also be held accountable for not complying with bicycle safety laws. Bicycles are vehicles according to the law, and should be operated that way.