Bicycles are a mode of transportation just like any other, and they should be given the same consideration when it comes to planning roads and highways. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and bicyclists are often forced to ride in dangerous conditions. This can lead to bicycle accidents, which can cause serious injuries or even death. Moreover, it puts bicyclists at a disadvantage compared to motorists, who have more room to maneuver.
That is why it is so essential that there is a dedicated space for bicyclists on the roads.
The Importance of Bike Lanes
One of the critical components of making cycling a safe and practical mode of transportation is the development of bike lanes. Bike lanes provide dedicated space for cyclists on busy streets and can help to protect cyclists from being struck by motorists. In addition, bike lanes can help to reduce conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians and make it easier for cyclists to navigate around obstacles.
As a result, bike lanes play an essential role in making cycling a safe and viable option for commuters.
Bicyclists Must Adhere to Traffic Rules
Because bike lanes allow bicyclists to share the road, when it comes to traffic laws, all bicyclists are subject to the same rules and regulations as motorists. This includes:
- Obeying traffic signals, yield signs, and stop signs.
- Riding in the same direction as vehicles on the road and using designated bike lanes whenever possible.
- Using hand signals when making turns.
Failure to adhere to these traffic laws can result in law enforcement citations.
Opponents of Bike Lanes
Some opponents of bike lanes argue that they are a waste of resources and reduce the amount of space available for cars. Others argue that bike lanes are dangerous, citing that cyclists are likelier to be hit by a vehicle when riding in a dedicated lane. However, research has shown that:
Bike lanes improve safety for both cyclists and motorists - In one study, it was found that the number of accidents involving cyclists decreased by 50% after bike lanes were installed.
Bicycles have resulted in fewer cars on the road - By providing a dedicated space for an ever-increasing number of cyclists, bike lanes help reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This, in turn, reduces the amount of time that drivers spend stuck in traffic.
In fact, one of the most considerable dangers involving the bike lane are motorists parking their cars in a way that blocks bicyclists from using the lane. This forces them into traffic, where they are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Contact Your Sonoma County Bicycle Accident Attorney
Flahavan Law Offices is dedicated to helping those who have been injured in bicycle accidents. We have the experience and knowledge to effectively represent our clients and get them the compensation they deserve. We understand cyclists' unique challenges on the road, and we are committed to fighting for their rights.
For a free initial consultation, fill out our form online or call us today at (707) 414-0119.