AAA’s Position on Active Transportation
AAA supports strategies that enable communities to maximize the contributions of the automobile and public transit, along with facilities that accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
Through our Making America Stronger campaign, AAA is committed to educating the public about the important role transportation plays in the nation’s economy and our quality of life. We urge policymakers to enact a long-term, comprehensive transportation bill that will result in a safer infrastructure for all road users.
AAA is committed to educating motorists about how to safely and lawfully share the road with cyclists.
AAA’s History and Current Involvement in “Active Transportation”:
- The AAA Scenic Byways program, which took root in 1911, became more formalized in 1979 with the creation of standardized criteria to select scenic byways. In 1988, AAA began providing technical guidance and travel-related expertise for the initiative to promote a national scenic byways program. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 outlined the foundations for a national Scenic Byways program and set the standard for common goals between the national and AAA Scenic Byways programs. Both programs are dedicated to preserving our nation’s scenic byways for the enjoyment of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrian travelers now and for generations to come.
- AAA has a long history of advocating for the safety of all road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. We support the installation and maintenance of adequate sidewalks and areas on roads that are frequently traveled by pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Historically, AAA’s involvement in bicycle safety has targeted predominantly school-aged children. As the popularity of cycling increased with the amount of traffic on our roadways, AAA clubs acknowledged a need to educate motorists and cyclists about sharing the road. We’ve made progress in this area through collaboration with organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the League of American Bicyclists.
- AAA distributes bike safety information at community events and at major traffic safety conferences like the national annual Lifesavers conference. During National Bike Month and throughout the year, AAA promotes a “Share the Road” message through various channels from community events and driver training classes to e-newsletters and social media.