With the Hotter’N Hell Hundred swiftly approaching, the topic of bicycle safety needs to be a top priority in Wichita Falls and across Texoma. Motorists and cyclists alike can do their part to keep cyclists and all roadway users safe. More than just staying hydrated and practicing safe riding practices, cyclists need to make sure their bikes are in safe working order. KFDX News Channel Three recently reported on an upcoming event involving bicycle gear safety in Wichita Falls.
Bicycle Safety Inspections in Wichita Falls
This weekend, the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club and the Wichita County Medical Alliance are holding a bicycle gear safety check. Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The event is going to be on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Hotter’N Hell building, in downtown Wichita Falls, on 2nd Street and Scott Street. Interested participants are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 to register.
Bicycle Crash Statistics in The U.S.
- In 2013, 743 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
- An estimated 48,000 people were injured in bicycle crashes in 2013.
- The number of cyclists killed each year has increased 19-percent since 2010.
- 68 percent of all cyclists who died in crashes in 2013, died in urban area crashes.
- The cyclist fatality rate per capita was almost seven times greater for males than females in 2013.
Other Ways to Improve Bicyclist Safety in Texoma
Cyclists can improve their personal safety by wearing helmets every time they ride. Additionally, bright clothing, reflectors and flashing lights can also improve visibility. Cyclists should also familiarize themselves with the rules of the road and always observe posted signs and signals. Unfortunately, even the most safety-conscious cyclists can become catastrophically or fatally injured when drivers aren’t paying attention.
What Can Motorists Do?
Drivers need to put down the distractions and share the road with cyclists, pedestrians, motorcycle riders and all other roadway users. Cyclists don’t have the same safety protections as passenger vehicle occupants, so they’re counting on drivers to stay in their lanes, drive predictably, give them room and safely share the road. It’s up to everybody to keep the roadways safe.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a bicycle accident in Texoma, contact skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for an immediate free consultation.