As you may know, Sacramento is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the state of California (as well as the entire country). For this reason, you may get the urge to commute to and from work on a bicycle, as opposed to using your personal vehicle or taking public transportation.
Cycling is a wonderful way to keep in shape, and it saves on gas, too. You moved to a location close to work so you could ride your bike and stay fit, but that doesn't mean that you're not at risk of being injured. Drivers aren't always as cautious as they should be around cyclists, and that can lead to serious problems for you.
If you decide to walk someplace for your health you may want to reconsider once you listen to recent studies and look at the actions of the City of Sacramento. Sacramento recently embarked on what they have termed "Vision Zero Sacramento". Vision Zero is a traffic safety initiative whose aim is a roadway with no fatalities or serious injuries. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply "accidents," but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
It's often said that cyclists and motorists both have a right to the road, that they need to share that space. Despite how often this refrain is repeated, there are many ways in which drivers often put cyclists in danger. In some cases, this stems from a deep-seeded resentment for cyclists in general. In other cases, drivers just don't know or follow safe practices, and they inadvertently cause the danger. Here are just a few of the risks cyclists face:
Hitting the gas when you mean to hit the brake happens to just about every driver at one time or another. It may happen due to distraction or just because you weren't paying complete attention to what you were doing. The reality is this lapse could be enough to result in a serious car accident. Review what we've written about these accidents and ways to prevent them.
There's a hardy strain of winter bicyclist that has emerged in the Midwest, mountains and Northeast. But it's safe to say that our winter months in Sacramento are closer to fall in other parts of the country with our last substantial snowfall happening in 1976.
Anyone familiar with our Law Office knows we handle Personal Injury Litigation exclusively. We work with injured people from injury to settlement and that can mean all the way to trial. We take exceptional care of our clients and as a result they often ask us to handle everything from Estate Planning to Family Law and child custody.
We see more and more evidence that features designed to protect us are actually doing the opposite. Let's take a minute and review some of the more obvious and egregious examples;
We make decisions daily. The majority of the decisions we make are beneficial while some are downright selfish. The Elk Grove Police Department in conjunction with the Elk Grove City Council are presenting a program called "Before The Impact."
A study released in March 2016 by The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) concludes that bikers who use bike share programs may be safer than those who choose to ride their own bikes. Data from the study indicates that nonfatal injury rates in the U.S. and Canada are lower for bike share users than for other types of cyclists.