Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
National Bicycle Safety Month
Bike to Work and School Day
May 17, 2023
Pedestrian Safety Month
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, both pedestrians and bicyclists 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 2021, there were 35 bicycle fatalities and 504 bicycle injuries in Louisiana. Also, there were 185 pedestrian fatalities and 1,146 pedestrian injuries in Louisiana. Of these fatalities, nearly 32% and 17% for pedestrians and bicycles, respectively, were alcohol-related. 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.
Pedestrian Safety Videos
Nearly 4% of people in New Orleans reported biking to work in 2014.
School Bus Safety Video
Pedestrians include our children getting on and off of the school bus.