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Many enthusiasts enjoy riding a bicycle because doing so could be both enjoyable and healthy. Of course, a safe bike riding adventure helps deliver intended benefits. New York City offers some smooth and easy places to bike, but it is a big place, and not every neighborhood is perfect for bicycling. Bicyclists might benefit from sticking to routes that provide…

Why choose safer bicycle routes?

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Personal Injury

Many enthusiasts enjoy riding a bicycle because doing so could be both enjoyable and healthy. Of course, a safe bike riding adventure helps deliver intended benefits. New York City offers some smooth and easy places to bike, but it is a big place, and not every neighborhood is perfect for bicycling. Bicyclists might benefit from sticking to routes that provide a smoother, safer experience.

Choosing the right bicycling path

Is there road work taking place in a particular area? If so, then taking a detour might be a better plan. When the road is “broken up” or otherwise uneven, bicyclists may find it a bit dangerous. Who wants to fall off a bike due to hitting some broken concrete in a bike lane?

Streets that lack a bike path might be a bit dangerous for some enthusiasts. Choosing routes designed better for bicyclists could improve the chances the ride turns out safer.

Traffic conditions mean something, too. Crowded, congested areas, ones known for accidents, could be unwelcoming to bicyclists. A route that puts a bicyclist near moving vehicles may make some people nervous. Opting for a different street, a locale with fewer cars and crowds could be the better selection.

Worries about injuries

People fret about bicycle accidents because they don’t want to get hurt. Not all bicycle accidents result in minor injuries, either. Even someone wearing appropriate safety gear might suffer broken bones or a traumatic brain injury after a collision. Poorly lit areas, congested intersections, and streets with “hidden” driveways add to risks and dangers.

A bicyclist hurt by a negligent driver may have a claim against the liable party. A driver that makes an illegal turn or backs out of a parking spot without looking might be negligent.