States must assess road safety for pedestrians, cyclists under FHWA proposed rule change

The Federal Highway Administration published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Feb. 21 to update the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program regulations. The updates aim to incorporate the Safe System Approach and align with the safety and equity priorities of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Roadway Safety Strategy.

The proposal would require each state to perform a system-wide safety risk assessment and clarifies that each state’s strategic highway safety plan must include a safety assessment focused on vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists or those using a personal conveyance.

The FHWA also seeks through these new rules to streamline state reporting efforts while also requiring states to report and evaluate individual projects, programs and countermeasures.

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