How to share the road safely

Fatal traffic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are on the rise. Follow these best practices to reduce the risk of an accident.

It’s getting dangerous out there for pedestrians and bicyclists, which means drivers should keep three simple words in mind: Share the road.

In 2012, there were 726 bicyclists killed in crashes involving motorists, according to the most recent annual statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That’s up from 682 in 2011. (The fatalities include anyone who died on a pedal-driven vehicle, which include tricycles and even unicycles.) There were 4,743 pedestrians killed in crashes in 2012, compared with 4,457 the year before, according to the NHTSA.

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