Oakland: A Bicycle Friendly Community

safety.jpgRecently the City of Oakland joined 157 other cities across the nation and became a formally recognized “Bicycle Friendly Community.” This is a designation given by the League of American Bicyclists to those cities which provide safe accommodations for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.

As an Oakland bicycle injury lawyer and a bicyclist myself, I have seen numerous instances where people have been seriously hurt in bicycle accidents. I am glad to see that the city of Oakland has taken steps to not only help reduce these injuries but has encouraged the use of bicycles for transportation.

In order to promote safety, I strongly recommend the following:

Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet Adjust your Bicycle to Fit Seen and Be Seen– Wear appropriate clothing and use of reflective materials Watch for Road Hazards Avoid riding at night where possible.

For more tips on bike safety, go to the National Highway Safety and Transportation website. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you should know your legal rights.

Resources:

Oakland Tribune, Oakland Recognized as bicycle-friendly Community, September 16, 2010
NHTSA, Kids and Bicycle Safety, April 2006

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