Bicycling and walking certainly have their advantages when it comes to commuting in larger cities. Cleaner air, less traffic, and exercise are all positive factors that come with it. Unfortunately, not all results of biking and walking are positive. Though numerous cities throughout the U.S. are striving for a safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, many dangers remain for non-motorist commuters. Texas in particular has two major cities listed in the top 20 most dangerous cities for bicyclists in the U.S.
Data from a 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed cyclist deaths are estimated to have increased by 10% last year, even though overall traffic fatalities are estimated to have declined slightly. It seems as though biking is getting deadlier across the U.S., leaving many to wonder what exactly is the problem. Why are so many bicyclists ending up hurt or worse, dead, and what can we do to fix the problem?
Common Dangers Cyclists Face
While bike lanes are present in most cities around the country, they aren’t everywhere and bikers are often left vulnerable to many dangers on the road. Some of the most common dangers include:
- Distracted and/or aggressive drivers who don’t share the road
- Blind spots in large vehicles
- Ignored bike lanes
- Drivers speeding
- Motorists not considering cyclists in roundabouts
- Potholes or poorly kept roads
- Wet roads
- Electric scooters zooming by
- Cars exiting parking spots without noticing passing cyclists
These factors, along with many others, make biking extremely dangerous for riders in our cities. Lubbock is particularly vulnerable as a college town because students are continuously walking or biking to and from class throughout the day.
As roads appear to become more and more dangerous for anyone who isn’t in a vehicle, it’s important to remember these safety tips the next time you commute as a cyclist or pedestrian:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Drive defensively and stay alert.
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- Stay extra cautious when riding at night, wear reflective gear, and have a functioning headlight on your bike.
- Wear a backpack to carry any items you need. Don’t try to hold them while cycling.
- Drive with the flow of traffic.
- Always assume drivers don’t see you.
- Obey street signs and warnings as you would when driving a car.
- Let pedestrians know when you are passing them.
- Signal for turns.
Remembering these safety habits could help save your life when cycling to your next destination.
Bicycle Accident Help
While you can try to be as careful and cautious as possible, accidents are always a possibility, especially at the hands of negligent or bad drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident and need help proving fault, we can help. Contact the accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation.