Bicycle Riding Resurgence Amid COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Orders. How to Stay Safe.
In an effort to stay active during the stay-at-home orders, many people are going into the garage to dust off their once-forgotten bicycle. Many bike shops are reporting an uptick in business as people are looking for ways to get outside and get exercise. Several years ago, we posted an article on “Six Tips for Sharing the Road with Bicycles“, however , with more and more people getting back on their bikes, a refresher on bicycle law and safety is in order.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, if riding a bike on the sidewalk, pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass a pedestrian.
Automobiles are not required to yield to bicycles being ridden across a crosswalk (at a trail crossing for example) as the bicycle is treated as a vehicle. A better choice is to dismount and walk your bike across.
You are not permitted to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk in a business district (except where permitted by official traffic control devices) or where there is a bicycle-only lane available.
If you choose to ride your bike in the roadway, The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation states that bikes may be ridden on the shoulder of the road (in the same direction as the flow of traffic) but are not required to do so. Otherwise, the safest travel location for bicyclists is the center of the rightmost travel lane.
Since it may have been some time since you last used your bike, you should check to make sure that your bike has the proper equipment. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, if you use your bike between sunset and sunrise, it must be equipped with a front lamp and rear and side reflectors that are visible from at least 500 feet. In addition, your bike must have brakes that will stop the bike 15 feet from an initial speed of 15 mph on dry, level pavement. Finally, some municipalities require the bike to be equipped with a bell or equivalent signal device.
With so many people riding bikes, collisions are also bound to happen. If you are injured while riding a bike, the knowledgeable attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis can help.
Since 1985, the personal injury attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis, have been concerned for the safety of those in our community. Safety is no accident. We have a proven track record of results and satisfied clients. We’re ready to answer your questions and provide you with the legal help you need, when accidents happen. Contact us on-line or call us at 1-888-541-7822 to schedule your free consultation in the convenience of your home or at one of our five offices located throughout the region.