Are Helmets Enough?

          As bicyclists, we’ve all heard of other riders who were involved in an accident with a vehicle. Perhaps you’ve even had experience with aggressive drivers or a dangerous road condition first-hand. Because these incidents are all too common, we know how important it is to wear helmets. However, rarely do we hear about an equally important need; the need to be adequately insured. Most people are unaware that many of the coverages on your automobile policy extend to provide you protection while you’re on your bicycle. Hard to imagine? Let’s look at an example. Tom was an extremely cautious bicycle rider, always wearing a helmet and obeying all the traffic laws. However, one day, he was involved in an accident with a hit and run driver. Tom had extensive injuries that required a several months stay in the hospital and extensive physical therapy. Due to his injuries, he was also unable to work for a year and a half. Fortunately for Tom (and...
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Guess what seems to have reduced bicycle crashes in Long Beach by 70%?

Ever since installing sharrows in 2009, there has been a significant reduction of bicycle accidents in this area of Long Beach from a high of 43 in 2009 to 12 in 2012.  According to Long Beach City's Bicycle Coordinator, Alan Crawford, “We really wanted to go in and see what the data showed us,” Crawford said. “Having six full years has given us confidence that the sharrows are working as intended.” While correlation does not necessarily prove causality, it sure seems to be one heck of a coincidence.  See full story here Again, Sharrows do not change any rules of the road, but allow bike riders and automobile drivers alike to better share the road together.  ...
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Just the facts – What Federal and County research says about Sharrows

It was a full house at a town hall meeting last night in Manhattan Beach as both City Staff and Police Chief Irvine educated the residents about Sharrows.  As over 50 cities have already proven, the painting of inexpensive Sharrows create a safer city for bike riders, pedestrians, as well as drivers.  These Sharrows have been painted on busy roads, residential streets, narrow streets, wide streets, and even streets with small hills. While both sides agreed that Manhattan Beach is deficient in safe streets for riding bicycles as well as a desire to improved enforcement for both drivers and motorists to follow the rules, most of those in support expressed the very real opportunity that the Master Bicycle Plan presents - a desire to see more children and residents choosing to ride their bikes around town once the recommendations could be implemented. For further reference, here are two reports, one Federal, and one by LA County...
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Guess what Newport Beach City Council did within 30 days of two bicycle deaths?

After back to back bicycle deaths last year, Mayor Gardner led the Newport City Council to authorize the painting of sharrows as a first step to prevent further fatalities.  Why sharrows? Because it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make our streets safer for all riders whether they are going to school,  going to work, or recreational riding. "There are things we can control such as education and making basic road improvements," Gardner said. "Painting these sharrows in Corona del Mar is a part of that effort." The irony here is that Newport Beach, similar to Manhattan Beach and six other local cities that are part of the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan already had these recommendations years earlier.  Unfortunately, it required blood on the pavement before the city responded. Closer to home, Hermosa Beach had also installed sharrows as well and has reported fewer bike collisions. The benefits of encouraging residents to ride their bikes more are numerous.  Not only...
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