The lawyers of LaMarche Safranko Law PLLC understand how important exercise is to an active lifestyle. From bike rides with family for leisure to training for bike races, we enjoy hopping on our bikes and getting out onto the roads. Recently one of our attorney’s biked to work which led us to ask: how many people are actually biking to work? and is it safe?
According to the US Census Bureau, biking to work has increased by 60% in the last decade. Overall, about 1% of the workforce bikes to work on any given day. As cities become greener and more cycling friendly, people are striving for a healthier lifestyle and environment.
In the Capital District, less than one percent of the workforce gets to their job via cycling. In Albany, about 400 people bike to work every day. Although this number may seem small, it’s important to remember that those 400 cyclists in Albany alone are biking on the shoulders of the road and sharing it with thousands of vehicles.
But rush hour traffic can make biking to work dangerous. People are often in a hurry and can tend to become distracted while driving by using a cell phone, playing with the radio, putting on make-up, eating breakfast or even shaving while driving! These are distractions we’ve all seen while running or biking on the shoulder of the road, are very dangerous, and can lead to serious accidents.
In 2014 there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes. In 2014, there were 726 cyclists killed and an additional 50,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Cyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year.
As more cyclists bike to work, the risk of accidents will naturally be on the rise unless we are all pay attention and are aware of what is going on around us. It is our responsibility as a driver or biker to be aware of our surroundings and to follow the rules of the road to reduce these deadly crashes. As motorists we must respect pedestrians and cyclists that need ample space on the roads by always trying to give three feet of space between the car and the runner or cyclist. Finally we need to avoid all distractions while driving.
Let’s keep the roads safe for everyone who is biking to work!
The personal injury lawyers at LaMarche Safranko Law advocate for pedestrians, cyclists and runners who are injured while sharing the roads with motorists.