Posted on: June 21, 2011
If you’re a bicyclist, you may want to consider moving to cities with designated bike lanes, which have been show to make riding safer, according to a study .
According to a study published in the journal Injury Prevention, bicyclists riding in cities with designated bike lanes alongside traffic have fewer accidents. The study found bicyclists have a 28 percent lower injury rate when “bicycling on cycle tracks, compared with bicycling in parallel and comparable roads.”
Bike lanes that are well-designed and marked with highly-visible signs decreased bicycle accident rates, according to study authors.
Nearly 51,000 American cyclists were injured in accidents with motor vehicles in 2009, accounting for nearly 2 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I’m glad to hear that cities are making bicycle riders safer. However, the U.S. still has a lot of work to do to make bicyclists safer and to promote bicycling as a health, safe form of transportation. I think it’s important to make roadways safe for bicyclists to avoid personal injuries and accidents. I also think it’s important that bikers learn the rules of the road so they can properly coexist with vehicles.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .