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Cyclists have a right to travel safely

Riding a bike is good for your health and helps you get where you need to go. Here is some information on why people hit the road on their bicycles and why they may be at risk of being involved in an accident.

Why do people choose to ride bikes when they could be hit by cars?

The 2012 National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors states that 8 percent of people who ride do so to visit friends or relatives. A combined 11 percent either commute to school or work with the use of their bicycles. Seventeen percent of people use bicycles to complete errands, while 28 percent use them for exercise. Around 33 percent use bicycling as a recreational activity.

Who bicycles most commonly?

It's primarily children between the ages of 5 and 15 who use bikes most often to get where they want to go, with 3.2 percent of all traveling done via bicycle. Those between 40 and 65 or older complete around 0.4 percent of their trips via bicycle, while those between 16 and 39 complete 0.6 percent of trips on a bike.

Where do bicyclists ride?

It's most common to see cyclists on paved roads and sidewalks, showing why it's important for drivers to be aware of cyclists on the roads. With 48.1 percent of trips taken on paved roads, it's not uncommon to see a cyclist on the roadway, and it's something that drivers should be prepared for.

Only 5.2 percent of bicycle trips are taken in bicycling lanes on paved roads, and 12.8 are taken in the shoulder of these roads. That leaves a significant amount of rides being taken on paved roads along the same routes as drivers.

Cyclists have a risk of being hit by vehicles, and if they are and the drivers are at fault, they can seek compensation. Our website has more information about making a claim.

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