Cycling is a common mode of transportation with many benefits, but numerous
myths and stereotypes keep some people from truly enjoying. With a clear
understanding of bicycling safety
facts, cyclists can safely participate in the sport.
"It's the most dangerous form of transportation."
While bicycle safety is a serious concern in the United States, cycling
remains a safe method of transportation. In fact, in terms of accidents
and fatalities, cyclists are
less likely to die in an accident than
pedestrians. However, driving is statistically safer than cycling, motorcycling, or walking.
"Bicycle helmets inhibit my vision and are dangerous."
Medical experts have discovered no disadvantage to wearing a helmet. In
reality, bicycle helmets can prevent a multitude of minor and serious
head injuries, including concussions, lacerations, and traumatic brain
"People who ride bikes are reckless and inhibit traffic."
The safe-to-reckless driver ratio for cyclists is about the same as motorists.
Some cyclists make turns without checking behind them, take shortcuts,
and skip red lights, but the same percentage of drivers maintain bad driving habits.
"Cyclists must stay as far to the right side of the road as possible."
This isn't always safe. If a cyclist rides too close to the curb, he/she
is in danger of striking a parked car, running into an open car door,
and other hazards. In order to ride safely, cyclists should avoid hugging
the edge of the road because this encourages drivers to squeeze them out
of the lane.
"It is dangerous to cycle with a backpack."
Riding with an excessively heavy backpack is dangerous, but a reasonably-sized
backpack does not impose any threat on the cyclist. To safely ride with
a backpack, cyclists should evenly distribute the weight of the backpack.
"Cyclists don't have the same rights as motorists."
Cyclists are legally provided the same rights as drivers, including the
right to compensation for a serious accident. If you suffered an injury
in an avoidable bicycle accident, speak with a Clearwater bicycle accident
Roman & Gaynor today.
Injured? Speak with an attorney from our firm today. We are passionate
about helping victims of
bicycle accidents fight for the financial compensation that they deserve.