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
- 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