Historic Alameda Bike Tour: A Few Safety Tips to Avoid Bike Injury Accidents

tourThis Saturday, May 14, 2011, Alameda will be hosting its first “Tour de Tracks” bike tour. The event is being hosted by the City of Alameda, the Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA) and BikeAlameda. This will be a fun event where riders will travel a course through Alameda along the old railroad stations.

The tour traces the railroad line which was first established in 1864. There are stops on Encinal and Lincoln at the following stations: High Street, Versailles, Chestnut Encinal, Morton, Bay and Grand Station. Riders can pick up raffle tickets along the way at participating GABA member businesses and win prizes including a brand new bicycle.

There will be free registration for the event at Lincoln Park starting at 9:00 a.m.. Group rides will begin at 10:00 a.m.

As an Alameda personal injury lawyer and as an avid bicycle rider myself, I’ve come to know a lot about bike safety and how to avoid accident resulting in serious personal injuries. Here are a few tips to keep your ride on Saturday safe.

Use proper safety equipment, including a certified helmet. Bright clothing is also useful so you are visible to drivers of cars and trucks.

Obey all traffic safety laws: Bikes are required to obey all traffic laws just like motorists. Additionally, riders are required by law to ride as far to the right of the road as safely practical except when preparing to make a left turn or overtaking other bikes or vehicles. Parked motorists who open their doors directly in front of cyclists is a common cause of bike accidents. In order to avoid getting “doored” bicyclist must ride sufficiently to the left of parked vehicles so that if a door suddenly opens, their bike will still be clear of the door. Another good tip is to look for driver’s in parked cars, or brake lights. These can be signs that the motorist is about ready to pull into traffic. Always stay in the bike lane if one is provided.

As always, it good to know your legal rights and obligations if you are riding a bike or have been involved in a bicycle accident.

I will be out volunteering to help at the Bay Street Station near Pagano’s on Saturday. I look forward to seeing you there and I wish you a fun and safe tour.

Resource:

The Alameda Sun, New Tour de Tracks Event Invites Cyclists to Visit Alameda History, May 11, 2011

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