As bicycle accident attorneys, we promote bicycling as both a mode of transportation and a healthy lifestyle. May is National Bike Month, so it seems fitting that Bike to Work Week sits right in the middle of the month. Since 2005, there has been a 46 percent increase in the number of Americans biking to work or school, and in many bike-friendly communities, the increase is far greater. The reasons more individuals are biking is as unique as the bikers themselves. A few of the reasons cited include:
- A convenient way to avoid traffic and get to without the stress and uncertainty of traffic jams
- A way to incorporate physical fitness and exercise into the busy workday
- An inexpensive alternative to taking a car or public transportation
- An eco-friendly transportation solution
- The ability to avoid expensive city parking fees
- The physical benefits, such as increased cardiovascular health and strong bones
If you do not have a bicycle, you may be concerned about the initial costs involved with purchasing a bike. Fortunately, many communities now have a bike-share program, which may give you the opportunity to try out a bike commute without any financial obligation. Of course, we’re convinced that once you try it, you’ll be hooked!
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Hundreds of communities have embraced bicyclists in recent years. Special bike lanes and bike-only areas have been created to promote safety. Police officers throughout the country are more aware of the rights of bicyclists and are therefore more likely to enforce laws to ensure that bikers are treated fairly. Drivers, too, seem to be sharing the love of late! Organizations such as the League of American Bicyclists have worked diligently to promote the acceptance of bicyclists on the roads. Such organizations have current efforts in place to protect bikers and defend their rights.
Whether you choose to bicycle for your health, for the environment, for the economic benefits, or all three, we support you! At Kass & Moses, our bicycle crash attorneys believe that all Americans, no matter their community, deserve to be able to bike to work safely. As such, we support and highlight National Bike to Work Week! Should you have any questions about a bike accident or your rights, contact us today either online or by phone at 1-844-BICYCLE.