[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 113 (Monday, June 13, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34290-34291]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-14464]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2011-0068]


Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit 
public comment on proposed collections of information, including 
extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections.
    This document describes the collection of information for which 
NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA-2011-0068 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Alan Block, Contracting Officer's 
Technical Representative, Office of Behavioral Safety Research (NTI-
131), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue, SE., W46-499, Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Block's phone number is 
202-366-6401 and his e-mail address is alan.block@dot.gov

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (I) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:

The National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes, Knowledge, 
and Behaviors

    Type of Request--New information collection requirement.
    OMB Clearance Number--None.
    Form Number--NHTSA Form 1148.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval--3 years from date of 
approval.
    Summary of the Collection of Information--The National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to collect information 
from the public to ascertain the scope and magnitude of bicycle and 
pedestrian activity and the public's behavior and attitudes regarding 
bicycling and walking. A national telephone survey will be administered 
to 9,000 randomly selected respondents drawn from all 50 States and the 
District of Columbia. The national survey will be preceded by a pretest 
administered to 15 respondents. 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.
    In conducting the proposed telephone interviews, the interviewers 
would use computer-assisted telephone interviewing to reduce interview 
length and minimize recording errors. No personally identifiable 
information will be collected during the telephone interviews.

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    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--NHTSA was established to reduce the number of deaths, 
injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes on 
the Nation's highways. As part of this statutory mandate, NHTSA is 
authorized to conduct research as a foundation for the development of 
motor vehicle standards and traffic safety programs.
    Pedestrian safety and bicyclist safety are two of several 
behavioral areas for which NHTSA has developed comprehensive programs 
to meet its injury reduction goals. The major components of pedestrian 
safety programs are education, enforcement, and outreach. Those three 
approaches are also applied to bicyclist safety programs, with 
legislative efforts added to the mix.
    NHTSA encourages bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation 
to motor vehicle travel. Moreover, increasing safe bicycling and 
walking behavior is promoted as a positive contributor to the quality 
of life. But an increase in these behaviors often means an increase in 
exposure to potential risk of collision with motor vehicles, 
underscoring the need to have in place aggressive pedestrian and 
bicyclist safety programs to keep injuries on a downward trajectory. 
This in turn requires periodic data collection to assess whether the 
programs continue to be responsive to the public's information needs, 
behavioral intentions, attitudes, physical environment, and other 
factors that contribute to safety while walking or bicycling.
    A survey of pedestrian and bicyclist attitudes and behavior was 
conducted in 2002. That survey provided program planners and community 
leaders with detailed information on walking and bicycling behavior, 
level of support for facilities assisting those activities, and 
awareness of safety issues. But the information is in need of updating, 
especially given recent programs and initiatives to increase walking 
and bicycling. This project will provide that update by conducting the 
2012 National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and 
Behavior.
    NHTSA will use the findings from this proposed collection of 
information to assist States, localities, and communities in developing 
and refining bicycling and walking safety programs.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
Under this proposed effort, the Contractor would conduct 15 pretest 
telephone interviews and 9,000 national survey telephone interviews for 
a total of 9,015 interviews. The telephone interviews will be conducted 
with respondents age 16 and older, with over-sampling of respondents 16 
through 39. Interview length will average 20 minutes. Interviews would 
be conducted with respondents at residential phone numbers selected 
through random digit dialing. Interviews would be conducted both with 
respondents using landline phones and respondents using cell phones. 
Businesses are ineligible for the sample and would not be interviewed. 
All respondents will be administered the survey one time only.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Record Keeping Burden 
Resulting from the Collection of Information--NHTSA estimates that 
respondents would require an average of 20 minutes to complete the 
telephone interviews or a total of 3,005 hours for the 9,015 
respondents. All interviewing would occur during a two-to-three month 
period during 2012. Thus the annual reporting burden would be the 
entire 3,005 hours. The respondents would not incur any reporting cost 
from the information collection. The respondents also would not incur 
any record keeping burden or record keeping cost from the information 
collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A).

Jeffrey Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
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