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Bike to Work Week

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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You’ll probably notice more cyclists on the road this week.

That’s because its  Bike to Work Week.

It’s a program designed to get people across BC to try biking to work.

Organizers are expecting thousands of first time commuter cyclists to ditch their cars and bike to work over the next five days.

There’s lots of upside here.  More cyclists means less congestion, less pollution and a healthier population.

The benefits are obvious.

But we need to recognize that these benefits come at a significant cost.

That cost is paid by cyclists who are suffer injuries and sometimes even worse on our province’s roads.

Ok, just how risky is it to get on your bike?

Every year in BC there are about about 900 accidents involving cyclists. That’s more than two a day.  And often these accidents result in serious injuries, even death.

So while we’re encouraging people to get on their bikes may we should also use this week to drill down on the issue of cyclist safety.

And I’m not just talking about educating cyclists.

Because, if you ask me, it’s BC’s motorists who are to blame for the majority of accidents involving cyclists.

Now drivers will probably try and tell you otherwise. They usually attempt to blame an accident involving a cyclist on something the cyclist did.

But here’s the thing.

Cyclists aren’t going away. So it’s about time that drivers accepted some responsibility for keeping them safe.

So what can drivers do to make sharing the road a little safer?

Here’s a few tips:

>> Always keep an eye out for cyclists in traffic.

>> Familiarise yourself with the hand signals cyclists use.

>> Shoulder check! Most accidents involving cyclists happen at intersections where careless drivers fail to check for cyclists before making a right turn.

>> Check for approaching cyclists before opening your car door.

>> Respect cyclists as you would any other road user. Maintain a safe following distance and give them plenty of room if you’re going to pass.

>> Don’t stop, park or drive in bike lanes. They’re there for a reason and it doesn’t involve you.

So please help keep things safe out there.

And if you’ve been involved in a bike accident feel free to call me at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected] .

We’re always on the cyclist’s side.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

PS  - Check out the dedicated bicycle section of our website.

PPS - Stop by the blog, where all week we’ll be focussing on subjects of interest related to cyclists


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