Bicyclists have the same legal obligations that motorists do, and they also have the same legal right to use the road. However, the Associated Press notes that many Pennsylvania motorists ignore or endanger bicyclists – so many, in fact, that the state is ranked 40th in the nation for bicycle-friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists. To avoid PA bike accidents and injury, bicyclists often use the few available bike paths or cut through alleyways and parking lots.
Some Pennsylvania bicyclists have banded together and are seeking to make commuting safer and more convenient for bicyclists. In May, Commuter Services of Central Pennsylvania hosted a “Bike to Work” week, encouraging commuters to ride their bicycles instead of driving. The campaign focused on the benefits to riders, including exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors, and the benefits to the community as a whole, such as cutting down on air pollution.
In addition to promoting bicycling, Commuter Services also gave free advice to businesses seeking to make their offices more bicyclist-friendly. For instance, Commuter Services recommends that businesses install bike racks. The organization also provides a kind of “bicyclist insurance,” which pays for cab fare, rental car, or gas for a friend’s car if the bicyclist gets sick or injured during the workday and cannot bicycle home.
Bicycle-car accidents in Philadelphia often happen when motorists are not paying attention to their surroundings or do not respect bicyclists’ legal right to share the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please don’t hesitate to call the skilled Pennsylvania bicycle accident attorneys at Anapol Weiss. Our lawyers have a proven track record in helping injured bicyclists get the compensation they need to recover after an accident. Call Anapol Weiss today at (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation.