There has been a troubling flurry of news reports lately on fatalities which are occurring among those bicycling or walking on Colorado roadways. It is somewhat of a quandary for the state. They have a commitment to encouraging residents to travel and commute by bicycle; however, the likelihood of serious injury or death stemming from a collision with a car is evident. The benefits derived from those opting to travel by bicycle include less traffic congestion, reduced consumption of fossil fuels, and significant decreases in air pollution.
The Denver Post is reporting that Colorado has allocated $500,000 for those who can uncover solutions for the prevention of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities on the roads. Amy Ford, a spokesperson of behalf of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), explained that this aspect of transportation safety seems to be worsening. She says that bicyclists and pedestrians are the most vulnerable of those on the roads. The Department is hopeful that the financial prize incentives will generate some creative or “killer” ideas from the public. This event is part of RoadX, a state initiative with goals of advancing the usage of technology within the transportation sector.
The structure of the program is centered on two key objectives. First, is to generate ideas that would lead to a reduction in related fatalities, while the other is to determine practical ways of designing and implementing those ideas. The individuals who submit what are determined to be the top five ideas will each receive a $10,000 award. In the 2nd phase, those who submit the top five plans for executing those ideas will each receive $90,000. The 2nd phase is expected to cover last for eight-months, and hopes are that some companies may consider getting involved. The deadline for idea submission is in February 2017.
- Bicyclist crashes represent approximately 2% of all deaths and 4% of all severe injuries.
- Pedestrian crashes accounted for approximately 10% of all deaths and 7% of all severe injuries.
- In 2014, approximately 1.3% of all commutes in Colorado were done by bicycle, 2nd only to Oregon.
- In 2016, bicyclist crashes produced injuries of greater severity and relatively more fatalities than non-bicyclist crashes.
- Denver was the leading county, with 13 pedestrian deaths.
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