It is the right time to embrace the cause of bicycle safety in Indiana. There are more Hoosiers biking to work and for leisure than ever before. In fact, according to Bicycle Indiana, since 2007 alone, there has been an increase of 40% in the numbers of people biking to work in Indiana.
And why not? There are far too many incentives for Hoosiers not to take to bicycling. Biking helps save precious dollars on gas, and reduces your carbon footprint. With a massive oil blob the size of Delaware inching towards the Louisiana coastline, the need for promoting eco-friendly means of transportation is clearer than ever. Besides, with health experts warning of an obesity epidemic continuing into future generations of Americans, biking is a healthy lifestyle choice more Hoosiers should be encouraged to make.
That’s why, as Indiana bicycle accident lawyers, we strongly promote bicycle safety this month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared May as Bicycle Safety Month. The League of American Bicyclists is a sponsoring what will be 31 days of events, promotions, awareness campaigns, bicycle races and plenty of other fun activities to promote biking and bicycle safety.
The high point of the month is Bike to Work Day. Several communities across Indiana are marking the day with employers encouraging staff to bike to work. Check out the Bicycle Indiana website to look for a Bike to Work Day event near you. Also, look up the League of American Bicyclists website to look for bicycle safety and other promotional events in areas outside of Indianapolis.
As Indiana bicycle accident attorneys, we encourage motorists to use this month to learn more about bicyclists, the unique challenges they face on our roads, the benefits and joys of bicycling, and how thousands of bikers in Indiana help keep our roads clearer, and our planet greener.
• Look for bicyclists when you’re driving. A bicyclist can be easy to miss because of the bike’s narrow size.
• Never taunt, tease or yell at a bicyclist.
• Give a bicyclist at least 3 feet of space when you pass by.
• Avoid honking loudly when you pass a biker. It may not only scare the biker, but it could also cause the biker to lose control of his/her bicycle with serious consequences.
Ultimately, remember that the roads are not meant for motorists alone. There are other people, including bicyclists and pedestrians, who use these, and have as many rights and privileges as motorists do.