An excellent Cycling Tips blog post on the similar approaches to cycling safety in the US and Australia that finishes with:
In Australia and the US we have some outstanding organizations who do excellent work. We are collectively well organised with large clubs, state and national associations and local advocacy organizations like Amy Gillett Foundation and Bicycle Victoria. But I challenge you to think of any other community group, race, ‘minority’ or religion anywhere which would tolerate being consistently and predictably killed or injured every six seconds without a full scale and militant civil or human rights campaign.
Well worth a read.