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Bike Share Program Could Increase Number of Bikes on Phoenix Streets

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on April 18, 2013

As Phoenix bicycle accident attorneys, we believe everyone has the right to enjoy bicycling safely. We recently learned of Mayor Greg Stanton’s proposed bike share program, as featured in CBS 5 News. This would allow people in Phoenix, both residents and visitors, to share bikes. They could rent them for short or long periods of time to get around the city. While this could mean an increase in the number of bikes on the street, the mayor is also suggesting an increase in bike-friendly lanes and more right-of-way for cyclists. The mayor’s goal is to have the plan implemented by December 2013, but there is no information yet about costs associated with the program.

Arizona Bicycle Crash History

There have been about 2,000 Arizona bicycle crashes every year for the past few years, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The number of cyclists killed or injured has also virtually stayed the same since 2007. Here is a closer look at the numbers:

  • 2007: 1,922 crashes, 21 deaths, 1,606 injuries
  • 2008: 2,006 crashes, 19 deaths, 1,697 injuries
  • 2009: 2,002 crashes, 25 deaths, 1,650 injuries
  • 2010: 1,928 crashes, 19 deaths, 1,595 injuries
  • 2011: 1,910 crashes, 23 deaths, 1,604 injuries

The most likely age group, according to the statistics, to be involved in an accident are riders between the ages of 45 and 54 years. Ages 15-34 are also more at risk than others.

Some Tips to Stay Safe

As Phoenix bicycle accident lawyers, we will be the first to tell you that not every accident is preventable or avoidable. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of being hurt or injured in a crash. This includes always wearing a helmet and protective gear, obeying traffic laws, and riding defensively by paying attention to the cars around you and anticipating any changes in driving. If you plan to participate in a bike share program, make sure you bring your helmet and other protective gear with you in case there aren’t any for you to rent.

If you are hurt in a Phoenix bicycle crash, contact the Breyer Law Offices today for a free consultation.

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