During this Mardi Gras Season, one way to beat the traffic and parking issues is to pump up your bicycle tires for a quick and easy ride. David Greene from Greene & Phillips joined us on Studio 10 to give us some tips on how to stay safe while riding our bikes through town.

The following information was provided by Greene & Phillips

Are there any particular laws that bicycle riders should be aware of?

There’s a lot of misconceptions about where someone should ride their bicycle. But the law is pretty clear. A bicycle should be considered like any other vehicle and travel down the road with the flow of traffic, in the far right lane, and as close to the fog strip as you deem safe. Never ride against traffic, and never ride in the center turn lane. And if the sidewalk is crowded, it can be very dangerous for pedestrians if you ride there.

Talk a little bit about the importance of visibility.

We’ve handled many bicycle accident cases over the years and a common thing we hear from the defendant is "I never saw him," or "I didn’t see him until it was too late." Those drivers were still responsible for the accident, but it has made me a firm believer in the power of visibility. One good way to avoid this is lights. If you are riding your bike at night, it’s the law that you have a light on the front of your bike, as well as the back of your bike. You can pick these up at any sporting goods store or bike store in town. The other thing you can do is wear brightly colored clothing, or even a reflective vest. Many drivers have experienced coming up on a bicyclist who is wearing dark clothing or doesn’t have any lights on, and you really can’t see them until it’s almost too late.

What other equipment is important to consider?

Helmets are required by law for anyone under 16, but really anyone riding around during Mardi Gras should consider wearing a helmet. Another important thing to remember is a bike lock. There are a lot of bikes stolen during parades at Mardi Gras. So make sure you lock your bike up to something secure with a strong lock, that can’t be easily broken.

What other tips do you have for those using bicycles this season?

Avoid bicycling drunk. You could end up hurting someone, and possibly get a ticket. Also, make sure to get off your bike and walk it if you are navigating through dense crowds

If someone is in a bicycle related accident what should they do?

If you are bicyclist and a vehicle hits you, you have grounding to seek damages from the driver’s insurance company. As always, call 911, get the police there to write a report, seek medical attention at an Urgent Care, then call a lawyer that handles this type of Bicycle Accident case.

If someone has further questions, how can they contact you?

You can call us at 300-2000 go to our website GreenePhillips.com or drop by our office on your lunch hour. You never need an appointment.

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