Connecticut has been working to increase the acceptance of cyclists. Despite the appealing geography, the infrastructure is lacking. According to the United States Census Bureau, only .3 percent of commuters bicycle to work in Connecticut. Interestingly, areas like New Haven that have boosted efforts to promote cycling have a number of cycling commuters nearly ten times as high as the rest of the state. Groups like the non-profit Bike Walk Connecticut are working to help make Connecticut more bike-friendly.
In Connecticut, where there are fewer active cyclists on the roads, motorists are even less aware of their presence. Not only are there fewer bike lanes available for cyclists, but when they must share the road, motorists simply do not know what to do. Many ride behind, too close, honking and hollering. Others pass, nearly pushing the cyclist off the road. In Connecticut, the law says that cyclists should have the same responsibilities as motorists, but sometimes it seems they simply do not have the same rights.
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When motorists fail to observe the rights of cyclists, accidents occur. And unlike motorists, cyclists are largely unprotected. Injuries are common in motorcycle crashes – and many of these injuries are serious. As avid cyclists ourselves, we believe that others who choose to embrace cycling need someone on their side. That is why we choose to represent injured cyclists at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses. Over our 27 years in practice, we have fought for fair compensation for hundreds of injured cyclists. We understand the law well and use that knowledge to your advantage.
Many cyclists feel overwhelmed when reaching out to a lawyer. They may fear huge legal bills or intimidating conversation. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we do not get any payment until your case is resolved. We understand that you are likely facing numerous medical bills while trying to focus on your injuries, and we do not want you to worry about money at this time. When you call us, you can rest assured that we will explain everything to you in a way that is easy to understand, without using complicated jargon. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.
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Connecticut Bicycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a bicycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Connecticut’s bicycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Children under 16 years of age are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
- Cyclists riding on the roadways have the same responsibilities as motorists. They must obey traffic lights and signs, and must use hand or mechanical signals to display their intentions to others on the road.
- During nighttime hours or other times of decreased visibility, cyclists must use a light on the front of their bike visible from 500 feet. They must also use a reflector or light on the rear of their bike that is visible from 600 feet. Reflectors should be visible at 600 feet on each side, as well.
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