The bicycle has a long history celebrated in America every year in May with National Bike Month. Bicycling has many benefits, but it also has its downsides, such as the challenges of remaining safe on the roads.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes National Bike Month in May. This event is promoted and celebrated in many American communities across the nation. At Malman Law, we’d like to take this time to recognize National Bike Month and remind drivers and bicyclists alike to make safety a priority. If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident, our experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers can help.
This year’s National Bike Month theme is “Bike There,” which celebrates all the places and reasons you can use a bicycle. The National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) reveals that bicycling has been relatively stable as a mode of transportation. Between 2009 and 2017, about one percent of all trips in the U.S. were taken by bicycle. In contrast, commuting data shows an increase in the proportion of workers who commute to work by bike by nearly eight percent. The same study showed that 39 percent of bicycling trips occur for social/recreational reasons, 21 percent for family, 20 percent to earn a living, 11 percent for other reasons, and nine percent for commuting to school or religious services.
The League of American Bicyclists ranks Illinois as the 16th most bicycle-friendly state, which is home to:
Illinois also has about 0.6 percent of commuters biking to work on average. According to their research, Illinois could use some improvement in the areas of infrastructure and funding, as well as policies and programs.
Warmer weather is in full swing, and there’s never been a better time to hop back on a bicycle. There are many benefits to riding, including:
One accident can negate all the incredible benefits that bicycling has. Both drivers and bicyclists are responsible for driving safely on the road and watching out for each other. When accidents happen, you can rely on an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer for reputable legal representation.
One of the first and most critical steps you can take after sustaining injuries in a bicycle accident is to reach out to a Chicago personal injury lawyer. They can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine if you have a valid legal claim and can pursue compensation for your injuries. We offer no-obligation bike accident case reviews with our compassionate Chicago personal injury attorneys. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or use our online contact form to schedule yours.