The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) proposes to collect information from the
public to ascertain the current frequency and characteristics of
bicyclist and pedestrian activity, and identify deterrents to
bicycling and walking. The data will also be compared to data
collected by a previous NHTSA survey, conducted in 2002, to
determine if major changes have occurred over that 10-year span.
The information will be used to help update and refine safety
programs. A national telephone survey will be administered to 9,000
randomly selected respondents 16 and older drawn from all 50 States
and the District of Columbia. The survey will ask about the
characteristics of bicycling and walking trips, conspicuity,
community design for bicycling and walking, bicycle helmet use, and
general opinions about bicycling and walking. Interview length will
average 20 minutes.
This is a new information
collection that is needed to provide up-to-date information on the
frequency of walking and bicycling behavior, the characteristics of
those activities, obstacles to engaging in those activities, safety
practices and attitudes related to those activities, and use of
community facilities supporting those activities.