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What Did National Bike Month Teach Us About Cycling?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-May-2017

The League of American Bicyclists sponsors National Bike Month each year during May to raise public awareness on the benefits of cycling. It appears the public, especially in the District, agrees with its message. Cycling has boomed in popularity over the last decade. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the number of people who use cycling for transportation has increased by 46 percent since 2005. In addition, Census data released in 2014 shows that DC has become one of the most popular cities for cyclists.

Why has cycling become so popular? Cycling has benefits for individuals and the community, such as:

  • Cycling is better for the environment. With the exception of gas-powered motorized bikes, bicycles do not raise greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Cycling is great for your health. In fact, cycling is an anaerobic and aerobic exercise that can improve your cardiovascular health and mental wellbeing.
  • Cycling may be cheaper than driving. Cyclists do not have to worry about filling up for gas or paying car insurance each month.

National Bike Month may be coming to a close, but cycling is likely to continue expanding in popularity. Motorists in the District and elsewhere have an obligation to drive safely around cyclists.

Can We Reduce Bicycle Accidents in Washington DC?

Distracted driving has become a major cause of bicycle accidents in DC and across the country. We live in an area of the country were many people “take their jobs home” at the end of the day. Motorists leaving work may have a difficult time putting down the phone to check work-related emails and text messages. In addition, some motorists may be tempted to eat breakfast or groom in the car on the way to work. Cyclists and pedestrians are frequently harmed by these actions.

Bicycle accident survivors may suffer permanent disabilities, making it difficult or impossible to return to their old lives. In other cases, cyclists may lose their lives and leave behind loved ones. The Washington DC bicycle accident attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help accident survivors or their family members discover possible legal options for holding distracted drivers accountable.

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