Despite 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
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.