Greensboro Noted for Bike-Friendly City’ Bike Accidents a Summer Risk in North Carolina

Greensboro was ranked in the top-50 for America’s Most Bike-Friendly Cities, according to a recent article in Bicycling.com. The popularity of biking in this city and others can only mean the chances of being involved in a bicycling accident in Greensboro are high, particularly in the summer months.

Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers know that experience in riding a bicycle doesn’t always mean freedom from injury as one of the city’s most avid riders was recently injured in a bicycle accident. The Winston-Salem Journal reported about the well-known downtown biker who was critically injured in a bike accident. The cyclist, known for his infectious smile and attitude, was bicycling home from work when he struck the left side of a van on Glade Street. The cyclist is popular in downtown Winston-Salem, having worked for numerous restaurants, he is always moving about via his bicycle. He was rushed from the scene to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.
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Other nearby cities that made the notable top-50 best bike cities were Cary (ranked 24th) and Charleston (ranked 29th). Greensboro was ranked 40th in the top 50 locations. Criteria used to determine the list included:

-Must have a population of at least 100,000 residents in your city.

-Geographical diversity so that larger states like California didn’t have 50 cities making the top-50 list.

-City must contain bike lanes segregated from the normal flow of traffic.

-City must offer municipal bike racks, as well as, bike boulevards.

-Support from your local government is needed.

-City must provide a savvy bike shop and a diverse bike culture.

The Alliance for Biking & Walking recently released their 2010 Benchmarking Report which is a state by state comparison of bicycling and walking data. The report indicated that a mere 1.2 percent of Federal Transportation Funds are spent on bike or pedestrian modes of transportation. Also, 6.4 percent of all trips are taken via bicycle or walking, which is under the national average of 9.6 percent.

North Carolina ranks near the national average in all traffic fatalities involving bicyclists or pedestrians, which is 12.2 percent (the national average is 13 percent). Our state spent zero Federal Safety dollars on bicycle or pedestrian safety in 2010.

North Carolina falls well below the national average on spending the funds set aside for safe routes to school. Only 11.5 percent of funds are obligated compared to 47 percent nationally on Safe Routes to School projects. Unlike 15 other states that answered yes, North Carolina does not have a state-sponsored ride to promote bicycling activity.

Bicycle safety tips from the Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance:

-Follow all traffic signs, signals and road markings.

-Always ride on right side of road with the flow of traffic.

-Know the proper hand signals to be used when making a right or left turn.

-Look through rear windows of parked cars for signs of someone attempting to get out of the driver’s side of the car.

-Be watchful for cracks in pavement, debris laying in the road, drainage grates or broken glass.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte or Asheville, contact the personal injury lawyers the Lee Law Offices for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965 to make an appointment today.

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