Articles Tagged with bicycle safety

Cycling is a popular recreational pursuit for some and a serious business for others. With more cyclists than ever on the road, bicycle accidents can happen when cyclists and motorists are sharing the same roadways. In 2012, 33,561 bicycle accidents across the nation resulted in 726 fatalities, accounting for two percent of all traffic fatalities that year. In Georgia alone, bicycle accidents were on the rise, increasing 28 percent in 2012 over the previous year. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, you should keep your wits about you and concentrate on taking these important steps.
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I had a scare on the road this week during my morning commute. While driving on I-20 in Atlanta, I witnessed an “almost accident.” A motorcyclist was going with the flow of traffic when the car to his left started to move over into his lane. I was two cars behind and saw what was going to happen as did several cars around me as we all braked, expecting the worst. Thank goodness the motorcyclist anticipated the blind move as well. He was able to speed up and safely move over to the right without causing any added disruption. The car that invaded his lane had no idea what happened.  The neighborhood that our law firm is located, Decatur, was designed to be pedestrian and cyclist friendly. All day people of all kinds, ride bikes of all kinds past our office and it got me thinking about the “almost accident” that didn’t happen because of the alert biker. Here are some tips to ensure that you keep yourself just as safe as you pedal through your neck of the woods:

  1. Stay Alert! – Keep a vigilant lookout for obstacles
  2. Move in the same direction as traffic
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