Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Bicyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable travelers on our transportation network. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in the United States. At the same time, more than 76,000 pedestrians and 49,000 bicyclists were injured. In New Jersey, 170 pedestrians and 11 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2014.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has made pedestrian and bicycle safety a top priority. NJDOT has implemented a number of policies and programs over the years to make the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians, including a national award winning Complete Streets policy.
NJDOT also offers Bicycle (pdf 1.7m) and Pedestrian (pdf 1.2m) Planning and Design Guidelines, a Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (pdf 5.2m), and numerous safety publications and bicycle tour guides. The High Point to Cape May Bike Route and the East Coast Greenway Multi-Use Trail Guide are just two of the more than 20 tour guides available for download.
For more information and assistance with bicycle and pedestrian travel in New Jersey, the Federal Highway Administration sponsors the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center and the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center at the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Additional bicycle and pedestrian safety statistics are available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.