Up until very recently, the message seemed to be, “commute by bicycle at your own risk!” More people bike in San Francisco every year. The statistics have grown 60% since 2006 according to a previously published article in the Bay Citizen.
Finally, San Francisco is installing new bike lanes after winning a four-year legal battle. Innovations like separated lanes on San Francisco’s Market Street aim to make bicycle commutes less dangerous.
Despite all of the accidents, many bikers and drivers disagree over whose behavior needs to change most.
As a San Francisco Bicycle Accident AttorneyI am a strong advocate for protecting cyclists against dangerous conditions presented by riding in busy traffic. Bicyclists deserve to have their own dedicated lanes in busy city streets, especially in a progressive city like San Francisco with significant numbers commuting to work by bicycle during rush hour traffic.
I urge cyclists to check out bicycle commuting maps, such as those found on Google Maps, which hopefully demonstrate the safest routes to travel by bicycle. You can also see where collisions have occurred and other details of crashes.
Many bike accidents are never reported to the police–help make this tool more accurate by reporting your bicycle accident. Please feel free to contact me if you or anyone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, and I will help.