Bicycle Lanes – Lancaster City
BICYCLE LANES IN LANCASTER CITY
Bicycle lanes have already been installed on several streets in Lancaster City. Throughout the city, roughly 3 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes are marked off for use. Additionally, bicycle-friendly streets will provide areas where bicyclists share the road with motorists.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CYCLISTS?
Lancaster City provides safe lanes and streets for those who want to ride their bicycles in town. Getting around the city via bicycle lanes is easier and safer. But, crashes still happen. We’ve got tips to help you avoid danger while riding your bicycle in the city.
BICYCLE SAFETY IN LANCASTER CITY
If you’re new to bicycling in the city, or a seasoned rider, it still helps to review safety protocols.
Perform a safety check of your bicycle before every ride. Install a headlight and a rear taillight to improve visibility. Pedals with reflectors are also a good idea. Secure any loose articles in a backpack or carrier on your bike. Wear a helmet. Helmets are designed to help protect your head in a bicycle accident. Whether you collide with a car or a wall, a helmet is your first line of defense in a crash. Be sure to wear a helmet with a correct fit. Wear bright colored and/or reflective clothing.
Use hand signals
When turning or changing lanes, use the correct hand signal to make drivers aware. Vehicles use turn signals, bicyclists should signal their intentions when sharing the road.
Stay aware of your surroundings
You need to hear as well as see what’s going on around you. Do not wear headphones while riding the bicycle lanes in Lancaster City. Put away your cell phone. Constantly check around you. Install side mirrors to easily check for traffic behind you. Pay attention to recently parked cars, exiting passengers may swing their doors open. Be aware of the road conditions and make gradual movements to avoid hazardous conditions.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A BICYCLE CRASH
- Take pictures of the scene if it is safe to do so.
- Take pictures of your bike.
- Photograph the vehicle that hit you.
- Move yourself and all vehicles from travel lanes as safely and quickly as possible.
- Get pictures of the bruises or injuries you have.
- Exchange names, phone numbers, address, and insurance information. It is also important to get the license plate and make/model of vehicle.
- Get contact information for any witnesses.
- Call the police. Even if you think your injuries aren’t that bad, it is still best to call the police to file a report.
- Don’t admit fault. When communicating with the other party or police, only describe events as they happened.
- Thoroughly assess yourself. Step back and check your body for any sore or sensitive spots.
- Don’t tell anyone you feel okay. In an accident situation, we experience a rush of adrenaline that can cause us to not feel pain.
- Take a few deep breaths and feel around your body and move your joints, does everything feel okay?
- Check your bicycle as much as you can. We recommend having a reputable bicycle shop take a look at any possible damage. A collision can cause tiny fractures in the frame that may not be visible at the accident scene.
WHEN TO CALL A LAWYER
A bicycle accident can be devastating. Injuries may take hours, weeks or even months to surface. We know your injuries can take time to heal. You might miss time from work or have medical costs associated with your bicycle accident.
Lancaster Bicycle Injury Law Firm
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have legal options. It’s important to note not every case needs to go to court. At Haggerty & Silverman, we offer a free and confidential consultation. We are your Lancaster bicycle accident experts! We can discuss the details of your accident confidentially to help you explore your options. We never charge you a fee for any of our services unless we recover money for you.
If we help you with your case, we do all the work. We help you track your missed time from work. We handle insurance companies. You focus on healing and getting your life back to normal, we focus on working hard for you. Call or text us at 717-397-3200. Or, fill out our online contact form and a member of our legal team will contact you.