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How Bicycle Friendly Is Austin? Tips for Cyclists

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 27-Dec-2016

bicycleDespite Austin’s gold level status, which was designated by the League of American Bicyclists, many residents believe that it is not quite so deserving of that distinction. In 2012, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Austin has a hit-and-run rate that is 50% higher than the national average. In 2014, Austin ranked 159 out of 200 cities for driver safety, based on the number of accidents and the frequency at which they occur, according to the AllState America’s Best Drivers report. Although Austin may have a reputation for being a bike friendly city, locals are keenly aware of how dangerous the streets of this beloved city can be.

Looking at a map, many streets are labeled as accessible to bikers, but reality often reveals something less ideal. In addition to the scant lanes that often leave bicyclists overly exposed to traffic, many of these streets are so busy that most bicyclists might try to avoid them. The Daily Texan reported earlier this year that for Austin to truly be a bike friendly city, it would need to have its biking infrastructure expanded and better protected.

For bicyclists, there are some safety tips to help make your rides a little less hazardous. Of course, investing in proper safety equipment is the best thing you can do to protect yourself. The first thing that comes to mind might be helmets and other protective gear, but it should also include visibility equipment, such as reflectors, which will make it easier for others to see you.

Riding with the flow of traffic is another safety tip bicyclists should heed. It can be intimidating, especially when some streets are structured in a way that puts motor-vehicles bumper to wheel with bicyclists, but the rules of the road offer more predictability. As such, bicyclists should also obey traffic rules as well. When everyone, drivers and bicyclists alike, observe these rules, it leaves a lot less up to chance.

If you were hit by a negligent motorist while riding your bike, the attorneys at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, handle all personal injury cases and operate on a contingency fee basis. You will not have to pay a fee unless we are able to secure compensation for you. Call us at 512-271-5112. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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