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How San Diego Is Making it Safer For Cyclists

The City Council of San Diego voted on plans to make the city safer for cyclists. The City Council’s Environment Committee voted this past Thursday on a new implementation plan. This plan will amend the current Bike Master Plan, which was adopted in 2013. The 2013 Bike Master Plan is a strategic implementation plan that promotes bicycle safety, policy, and infrastructure. The new implementation, proposed to city council by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, will cost upwards of $300 million. The new master plan addresses more bicycle related needs such as bicycle roadways, education and other programs that help to improve the San Diego bicycle community overall. What The Plan Says The following objectives are some of the ways in which the Bicycle Advisory Committee proposed to improve the San Diego bicycle community: Increasing the mode of transit to bicycle in high transit-priority areas, such as downtown to 18 percent by…
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Bicycle Medical Costs Are Increasing

Cycling can have great health benefits for folks of all ages. This athletic activity has become very popular, more so among people age 45 or older. However, the increased popularity comes with rising risks. A study conducted by UC San Francisco over a 17-year period found that with the increased popularity of cycling, medical costs due to cycling accidents increased by $738 million annually last summer. The same study found that in 2014 alone, bicycle accidents cost around $24.4 billion, considering both fatal and non-fatal accidents. The study stated that rising costs were due to increased vehicle traffic, changes in vehicle designs, and increased use of bicycles for community purposes. Outside of increased financial costs, data showed an increase in hospital admissions by 120%. Emergency department visits, especially among men, were found to have the most significant increase in accident costs. Many of these accidents also involved older people ages…
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What Do I Do After a Bicycle Accident in San Diego?

Even if you follow all the rules of the road, you may still be involved in a bike accident involving a negligent driver. Any number of factors can lead to bicycle accidents, from distracted driving to drunk driving, even something as simple as the sun being in a driver’s eyes. Getting into an accident with a car is a frightening experience, but it’s important to stay calm. Your next actions can be crucial in proving that the other driver’s negligence led to your injuries. Here’s a short guide on what to do after a bicycle accident. Get out of the road to prevent further accidents from occurring. Get the driver’s contact information as well as that of any witnesses. If you are unable to due to injury, ask a witness to do so and text/email it to you. Take a photo of the driver’s license plate, a photo of the…
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