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State and Local Government Data Analysis Tools for Roadway Safety - Notice of Funding Opportunity

 
In November 2019, USDOT released a NOFO titled “State and Local Government Data Analysis Tools for Roadway Safety ,” which focused on building the capacity of State, local, and tribal governments to use innovative data tools and information to improve roadway safety. The NOFO made available over $3 million for up to 12 awards. Eligible applicants included State or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and regional governments, other political subdivisions of a...

National Bike to Work Day

Across the country, thousands of employees are forgoing their comfortable car ride to work in favor of a healthier, greener alternative—their bicycle. Let’s help keep our colleagues safe today, and every day.

In 2015, America endured a large and significant spike in motor vehicle fatalities, with 818 bicyclist deaths, accounting for 2.3 percent of all traffic fatalities during the year. Seventy percent of these cyclists were in urban areas, like Washington, D.C. These tragic statistics are an urgent reminder that drivers behind the wheels of cars and trucks do not enjoy sole right to the road. The road is a shared space where everyone has rights and responsibilities. Check out NHTSA’s tips on staying safe on the road on this Bike to Work Day.

  • Drivers: Treat bicyclists as you would other drivers and be as aware of them in traffic as you are of vehicles. Pass bicyclists as you would vehicles—when it’s safe to move over into an adjacent lane. Give them sufficient room. Do not pass too closely. Drivers should look for bikes where vehicles do not appear. For example, before making a right-hand turn at an intersection, make sure a bicyclist isn’t approaching from the right rear of your vehicle.

  • Bicyclists:  Obey street signs, signals, and road markings. Always ride with traffic. Ride defensively, assuming others cannot see you. Ride attentively by never allowing yourself to be distracted by music, an electronic device, or anything else that takes your eyes off the road. Avoid riding on sidewalks when possible to protect pedestrians using the sidewalks. It also protects bicyclists because sidewalks can end abruptly, forcing them into traffic unexpectedly. If you must ride on the sidewalk, do so with extra caution. Most importantly: Wear a properly fitted helmet. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash.

Photo of Secretary Chao and DOT employees

Secretary Chao celebrates National Bike to Work Week with DOT bicycle commuters.

Safe Riding is Everyone’s Responsibility

Safe roads help make safe communities. Wherever you live, and however you choose to get around, you’re a part of making your community a better place. This year, make Bike to Work Day the best yet—share the road with your colleagues, and thank them for making our Earth a little greener.

FAQ - Safety Data Initiative Category A SDI Beta Safety Tools

 Real Time Crash Visualization

Can real-time transportation flow data from entities such as Waze and HERE be used with this tool?Yes, the platform is designed to accommodate additional data and adapt them to suite specific information needs. The platform has used real-time data such as HERE in the past.

2-STEP Model

Does the 2-Step tool use Gmap library?The current 2-STEP tool uses Google Maps as part of its functionality, but only...

SDI Waze Project Summary Documents

The U.S. DOT Safety Data Initiative (SDI) aims to leverage and integrate datasets, and use advanced analytical tools and compelling visualizations to provide new insights to identify and address surface transportation safety risks. Crowdsourced mobile applications from the private sector—such as Waze—offer real-time and historical data about roadway conditions, including user-reported crashes. Funded by the SDI, Volpe Center researchers are integrating these new data sources with other...

AV 3.0 Roll Out

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery ByU.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. ChaoAV 3.0 Roll OutDOT HeadquartersWashington, DCThursday, October 4, 2018Thank you, Derek [Kan] for that introduction.I am pleased to be here to announce the next step in the Department’s automated vehicle guidance.  Today the Department is releasing Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0).  This document supports the safe, reliable, and cost-...