How Safe is it to Bike in Your Neighborhood? Consider These Important Safety Factors
Every biker wants to feel safe to ride in their neighborhood yet not all neighborhoods are safe. We do not want you to learn that your neighborhood is unsafe by getting into a bike accident. For this reason, we are presenting you with tips on how to determine if your neighborhood is a safe place to ride. If it is not and you are involved in an accident, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
What is the Surface of the Road Like?
If you are riding in the street, you should consider the type and shape of the surface. Does it have potholes? Is there cracked or broken pavement? Is there room for you to ride along with motor vehicles? Is there debris or are there dangerous grates or utility covers that could cause an accident? Do you live near a bridge or other surface that could be slippery when wet? If any of these are true, you could live in a dangerous area to ride.
Are Paths Near You Safe?
The above relates to whether or not roads are safe but you may also have off-road paths or trails. Are they safe? Consider if the path runs for a long time or ends abruptly. Consider where the path goes, what roads it intersects with and whether or not those roads are hard to cross, and whether or not there are sharp turns and busy areas of the path.
What is the Lighting Like in Your Area?
Even if you intend to only ride during the day, it is important to think about what will happen if you get stuck outside after dark. Are there lights to get you through or will you be riding in the pitch black? Even if you get a top-quality bike light, it may not be good enough to take the place of overhead lights.
Are Signs and Signals Clear?
Finally, think about how easy it will be to ride. Are there signs and road markings that make it clear what you are supposed to do? If not, remember that cars may not realize that you are supposed to be on the road. Do you know where to leave your bike when you get to your destination? If there is a bike lane, does it stop abruptly with no warning?
There are many benefits to riding a bike, both personal and environmental, but it is not always safe to do so. If you have been injured due to another party acting recklessly or carelessly, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.