Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
Protection CampaignNational Impaired
Driving CampaignDistracted Driving Campaign
Walking and bicycling are becoming increasingly popular modes of transportation in Louisiana, and many urban areas have taken this into account when planning roads and intersections. Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists both face distinct disadvantages when involved in traffic crashes: the sheer physics of a faster moving vehicle colliding with a bike or pedestrian often results in the vehicle "winning" the encounter.
In 2017, there were 23 bicycle fatalities and 717 bicycle injuries in Louisiana. Also, there were 116 pedestrian fatalities and 1,493 pedestrian injuries in Louisian. Of these fatalities, 44 percent and nearly 48 percent were alcohol-related for pedestrians and bicycles respectively. It is critical for all road users to remember to share the road with bicycles and pedestrians.
Additionally, everyone must remember to be responsible road users - follow Louisiana laws; wear reflective clothing when walking and biking; wear required safety belts and other safety gear; never drive, walk, or bike while impaired; and always be an alert road user - don't drive, walk, or bike while distracted.