May is nationally recognized as Bike Month. North Carolina is getting in on the action, too. This year, Bike to Work Week will be held from May 16th to May 20th.
Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20. In celebration, many communities across the state are going to be organizing bike rides, cycling socials and safety sessions. You can check out what's going on in your area by stopping by the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance's website.
Whether you bike to work or school, to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment, to explore your community or get to your destination, our Charlotte bicycle accident lawyers are asking you to get involved in Bike Month in your city -- and help get more people in your community out riding too!
But before you start riding, there are a few things we want to go over with you, as cycling on our Carolina roadways is no walk in the park. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to recognize two-wheeled travelers -- even though we have just as much right to the roadway as they do. It's time to step up, speak up and make our presence known this summer.
According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 700 bicyclists killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2011. What's even worse is that there were another 50,000 who were seriously injured.
And the problem does appear to be getting any better. Last year, we saw a near 10 percent increase in the number of bicyclist fatalities compared to 2010.
To help to get the message across to motorists, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) have created the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT). Everything that the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) does is geared toward improving the safety of North Carolina's millions of bicyclists and pedestrians.
You want to know the rules of riding safely, and you want to make sure that you're staying clear of vehicular traffic. Unfortunately, drivers don't always see or predict our presence out there. We have to stay one step ahead of the traffic around us. Make sure you can be easily seen while pedaling around town.
Education can be a powerful tool for changing behavior and improving safety skills. Bicyclists and motorists alike can benefit from educational tools and messages that teach them the rules, rights, and responsibilities of various modes of travel.