United States Representative Earl Blumenauer, along with a bipartisan group of cosponsors, has proposed the “Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act” to help define safety standards. Rep Blumenauer is a longtime proponent of legislation designed to encourage cycling and walking, such as the Commuter Relief Act, and formation of the Congressional Bike Caucus. From a post on Blumenauer’s website:
n 2012, more than 34,000 people died due to traffic accidents – and almost 16 percent of these deaths were pedestrians and bicyclists. Yet, less than 1 percent of safety funding goes to infrastructure to protect those on foot or on bicycle.
“Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their trip,” said Blumenauer, “and the number of individuals commuting by bike has increased by more than 60% over the last decade. As transportation systems adjust to handle different type of road users, the federal government must encourage appropriate standards to ensure road user safety.”
Blumenauer takes this seriously enough to have a specific “Bikes and Pedestrian” link on his page of important issues. While there may be other points of cycling contention going on in Oregon, the bipartisan support of this legislation is encouraging.
Earl Blumenauer is a Democrat representing Oregon’s 3rd district since 1996. You can contact him via a form on his website.