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May is National Bike Month

May 2013

National Bike Month gives riders an opportunity to enjoy a healthy, fun hobby while learning more about staying safe on the road. Bicyclists can avoid many injuries by staying proactive about safety, but the actions of other people on the road could result in an unavoidable accident.

National Bike Month

National Bike Month is focused on encouraging people to get back on their bikes for health and fun. “Bike To Work Week” gives commuters the opportunity to learn how they can save on gas and improve personal health by forgoing the car for a bike.

“Bike To School Day” is aimed at teaching kids to be more active in their everyday lives. Events and promotions are available in communities across the country. Learn more about National Bike Month from the League of American Bicyclists.

Minnesota Bike Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety provides state residents with helpful tips for keeping safe while riding a bike. Bicyclists are killed on Minnesota roads every year. Safer cyclists, drivers and pedestrians can help prevent serious accidents from occurring.

  • Bicyclists may be under the influence of alcohol when an accident occurs. It is estimated that 8 percent of bicyclists killed in an accident had consumed alcohol prior to the accident.
  • Bicyclists and drivers both contribute to serious accidents when failing to yield to the right of way. It is estimated that fault in accidents involving bicycles is evenly split between drivers and bicyclists. Drivers and riders on the road must be aware of traffic laws in order to make the roads safer for everyone.
  • A helmet that fits properly can help protect bicyclists from suffering serious injuries in an accident.
  • Bicyclists can help prevent pedestrian accidents by yielding to pedestrians at every intersection. Even if there is no crosswalk present, treating each corner as if pedestrians are legally allowed to cross reduces the possibility of becoming involved in an accident.

To learn more about staying safe while riding a bike in Minnesota, visit the website of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Help After a Bike Accident

If you or a loved one have been involved in a bike accident in Minnesota, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben has been handling Minnesota bicycle accident cases for over 40 years. Our team of skilled attorneys is able to evaluate your case to determine who is at fault for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation at 612-377-7777 or toll-free at 1-800-752-4265.

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