We live in a sharing economy. Home, car, and bike sharing – anyone can share any of these possessions with a complete stranger. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, ofo, and others have paved the way for this sharing ecosystem.
Bike Sharing in Worcester
The yellow bikes that ofo provides bike sharing riders are excellent. They ride well and are painted a distinctive yellow to increase visibility while riding. One of the major drawbacks, however, is that ofo does not provide helmets for its riders.
The Importance of a Helmet
Some authors have claimed that wearing a helmet encourages cyclists to take greater risks, or that it makes drivers less likely to respect a cyclist’s space. Modern peer review has debunked these studies – wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent and reduces the risk of brain injury by 88 per cent.
With a helmet in hand, you can enjoy the health benefits that regular cycling creates. The large majority of American citizens do not bike to work, for various reasons, as shown below. Riding a bicycle can reduce the stress that comes with gridlock traffic by replacing it with open lanes and fresh air.
Tips for Riding Safely
Conditions for riding a bicycle during the fall around Worcester and Boston are ideal. The temperature hasn’t dipped too low, the leaves are starting to turn. In addition to wearing a helmet during bicycle season, here are a few tips to having a safe, enjoyable ride:
When bicycling in congested areas, maintain a sense of caution.
Know your Route
Where possible, follow a bicycle path that avoids major highways, throughways, and other traffic magnets.
Always remain aware of your surroundings, regardless of how unassuming the street or area appears around you.
Respect the Ride
Know the laws and ordinances for bicyclists where you ride. Make sure to avoid riding on sidewalks, running red lights, or breaking other obvious laws.
These suggestions are meant to start a conversation about safety while bicycling. Many areas will have specific laws, hazards, and layouts which will challenge a biker in his or her goal to remain safe.
After an Accident
Regardless of the biking zone, Peter Ventura will work his hardest to ensure your compensation if you or a loved one were injured while riding a bicycle. As a personal injury attorney, Peter has helped scores of individuals claim significant restitution following a personal injury for which they weren’t at fault.
If you or a loved one has experienced such an injury and want to learn more about claiming compensation, visit our site or call us for a free consultation today at (508)-755-7535.