Transportation Leaders Demand Safer Intersections for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

A coalition of the continent’s transportation leaders hopes to change that with a myriad of design recommendations for making safer intersections in a new report released Monday by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

“Our cities are facing the urgent task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and making biking safer and more comfortable is key to a climate-positive future,” said NACTO Executive Director Corinne Kisner. “People will bike if they have safe places in which to do so. Making intersections safer is essential for creating inviting bike networks for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.”

The 40-page report focuses on three principles to reduce collisions and improve safety — giving cyclists and pedestrians the right of way, making bikes and those on foot more visible to drivers, and reducing drivers’ speeds at intersections.