Virginia Bicyclists Pedal With Purpose
Bicycling serves many functions: it’s a good form of transportation; you experience less traffic congestion (win!); it keeps you active and healthy; and it helps curb pollution, among other things. Roughly 864,000 workers — 16 years and older — ride bicycles to work, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you have a short commute, and the weather is nice, it sounds like a plan, right? Haven’t ever tried it?
Here’s your chance!
On Friday, May 17, 2019, bicyclists across the country will pedal to their jobs for the annual Bike to Work Day. The one-day event highlights the benefits of cycling and encourages more people to transform their work commutes, permanently. It’s also a good opportunity to remind people about bicycle safety.
Beware of Bicyclists!
Regardless of what our commute looks like, we should always keep an eye out for fellow travelers, no matter the mode of transportation. Unfortunately, some drivers and cyclists don’t see eye-to-eye, but despite personal feelings, all travelers on the road have to abide by the law. In 2017, the Virginia Highway Safety Office recorded 670 bicycle-related crashes — a majority resulting in personal injuries. One of the most common causes (17.1%) involved drivers who failed to yield to bicyclists.
• Running stops signs, red lights
• Failure to see bicyclist when turning
• Back-up, open-door collisions
The state of Virginia boasts some of the most beautiful views and bicycle friendly trails. It’s no wonder bicycling is a popular activity, and it’s no surprise many people come from all over the country to enjoy the views. Although bicycling can be fun, it can also be dangerous. If you’re hurt in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at Trost Law Group about your case. If someone was negligent, and caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation. Don’t forget about safety! Bicyclists should wear a helmet and bright colored clothing (reflective clothing at night) to ensure they’re always visible to drivers.
Should I Replace My Bicycle Helmet After a Crash?
YES! Even if there’s no visible damage, replace your bicycle helmet after a crash. Just because you can’t see any damage doesn’t mean it’s not there.