Tag Archives: Bicycle Safety

Two Wisconsin Deaths Bring the Total Bicycle Fatalities to Highest Since ’90s

black bikeA Milwaukee bicyclist recently died after being hit by a motor vehicle, bringing the total Wisconsin bicycle fatalities to 15 for the year. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the number of bicycle fatalities this year is the highest annual total since 1999, when 18 deaths were recorded.

The total number of bicycle fatalities this year is an alarming difference from last year, when only 4 bicycle fatalities were recorded in Wisconsin. Although the circumstances and responsibility vary with each accident, about 60% of adult bicycle crashes are the result of motorist error, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The most common motorist error is making a left turn across the path of an oncoming bicycle. The most common error among bicyclists is riding the wrong way in traffic. To decrease the amount of bicycle crashes and fatalities, everyone on the road must follow the rules of the road, stay alert, and always be aware of their surroundings.

Bicycle Safety Reminders

black bikeDuring summer months, more people opt to use bicycles for transportation. Some bike to work, while others bike for recreation. No matter how long you have biked, why you bike, or where you bike, it is important to brush up on bicycle safety.
• Always wear a properly fitted helmet
• Check your equipment – Use the correct bike for the terrain, check tire pressure and brakes, and make sure your seat is at a proper height.
• Make yourself visible – Wear bright or reflective clothing, add lights and reflective tape to your bike, and use a bell or horn to alert pedestrians and drivers if you are passing nearby.
• Follow the rules of the road – Use turn signals, go with the traffic flow, obey traffic laws, yield to traffic appropriately, stay alert, and always look before turning or moving out of the bike lane.
• Avoid road hazards – Lookout for potholes, broken glass, gravel, storm grates, puddles, railroad tracks, etc.
• Avoid distractions – Do not talk or text on a phone while riding a bike, do not drink and ride, and always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.
• Dress appropriately – Always wear comfortable shoes. Wear sunglasses, bike gloves, rain gear, etc. based on the weather conditions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides in-depth tips and information for bicyclists. Find additional resources here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles

National Bike to School Day

It’s National Bike to School Day! This day focuses on safety, promotes physical activity and builds a sense of community for students.

It is important to make sure children know about bicycle safety, and it is important for drivers to always be cautious when driving near schools and children.

Find more information about National Bike to School Day here:

http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/newsroom/may-6-national-bike-school-day-schools-nationwide-celebrate-bikeable-active-commun

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Stay Safe On Your Bicycle this Fall

Please remember to follow these cycling safety tips from Davis & Gelshenen:

  1. Have the correct bike for the terrain you’re  biking on.
  2. Make sure that when you purchase your bicycle, you get fitted appropriately.
  3. Buy the right gear.  This includes a helmet, front and back bike lights, bright or reflective clothing, comfortable shoes, bike gloves, and sunglasses.
  4. Check your bike’s tire pressure and brakes before every ride.
  5. Know the rules of the road and use turn signals.
  6. Never Drink and Ride.
  7. Never talk on a cell phone while riding.

If you have been in an accident on your bicycle as a result of someone’s negligence, contact Davis & Gelshenen for a free consultation at 866-421-2121 or email us at ddavis@dgattorneys.com.