Improvements are being made to bike lanes in San Diego. This is part of the first phase of the Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan. The bike lane improvement efforts are designed to help protect riders and encourage more people to ride their bicycles. According to ABC San Diego News Channel 10, officials are hoping to have six percent of commuters riding their bicycles by the end of this project. The three-phase mobility improvement plan is to be completed in 2021.
U.S. Bicycle Crash Facts
- In 2017, there were 783 cyclist deaths across the U.S.
- Cyclist deaths accounted for 2.1 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017.
- In 2017, 75 percent of cyclists who died in crashes involving motor vehicles died in crashes in urban areas.
- Over the past 10 years, the average age of cyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes has increased from 41 to 47.
- In 2017, the cyclist fatality rate per million people was eight times higher for males than females.
NHTSA on Bicycle Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is always striving to raise awareness about the dangers facing cyclists on U.S. roadways. Cyclists are still one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. Even with helmets and reflective gear, bicycle riders are at the mercy of the much larger motor vehicles they share the road with. Officials with the NHTSA are calling on drivers to make a commitment to distraction-free driving. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous behaviors on roads, and it puts the lives of other motorists, cyclists and all roadway users at great risk.
Bicycle Safety in San Diego
Bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles can be devastating or catastrophic for cyclists. After any kind of accident involving a bicycle and a vehicle, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.