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Los Angeles City Council votes to better maintain bike lanes

During 2017, the City of Los Angeles spent just under $19 million as settlements to several bicyclists who had either been previously killed or seriously injured while riding their bikes down any number of the city's decrepit streets. This payout amount was at least four times the amount of any prior year.

Motorists' brains are slow to process the presence of bicyclists

When it comes to motorists crashing into bicyclists, more often than not, they'll say that they never saw the person on the bike coming or riding next to them. While it may seem like a simple go-to excuse for anyone to use, science appears to lend credence to that statement.

Bicycle helmets prevent serious injuries and death

There are a number of different excuses people may give for not wanting to wear a helmet when they take to the road on their all terrain vehicles, skates, motorcycles, scooters or bicycles. Many fear that helmets will leave them with "hat hair" or that they'll be too hot. Others say they're uncomfortable or that they're not necessary for heading out on such a short trip.

Seeking medical treatment is very important after a bike crash

Bicyclists, like motorists, have a tendency to become quite comfortable the more familiar they are with their route. This degree of comfortability can lead to drivers and bike riders to speed or not be as observant as they otherwise would be in terms of noticing road hazards. Fatigue can led to bikers not having as keen of reflexes as they otherwise might have.

Are bicycle accidents really more costly than occupational ones?

A study, recently published in Injury Prevention by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), highlights how the rates of bicyclists out on the road has increased in recent years. As the number of bikers has gone up, the annual expenditures of Americans on crash-related injuries has also increased.

LA's Union Station Bicycle Improvements Coming

With construction starting as early as 2018, Union station will make improvements to its pedestrian and bicycle access. Union Station will have a bicycle hub capable of storing almost 200 bicycles. The lockers and racks can be rented at rates of $5 per week or up to $60 per year. Additionally, wider sidewalks and bike paths will be installed to allow for greater foot traffic around Union Station and safer access through the Alameda Street entrance. Currently, LA Metro does not have train cars dedicated to transporting bicycles, making travel by bike inconvenient.

What are ways in which you can help yourself avoid a bike crash?

While using your bicycle to get around may be the best option if you live in a high traffic-area and want to maneuver through traffic quickly, it's not known as the safest method of transportation. Bicyclists may be difficult for most motorists to see, especially at night. Oftentimes, motorists think they have the right of way over them, even if they're really supposed to be sharing the road with them instead.

23 Year Old Cyclist Killed on PCH in Hit and Run Accident

Kazumasa Nozaki was killed in a hit and run collision near the Annenberg Community Beach House on PCH around 7 p.m, October 15. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the driver who struck Nozaki left the scene of the accident, then later returned where he then questioned. Regarding what led to the death of the 23 year cyclist, Lt. Saul Rodriguez of Santa Monica PD stated, "A preliminary investigation revealed the bicyclist was riding his bicycle northbound along PCH. The involved vehicle was traveling northbound along PCH and struck the bicyclist from the rear. The driver is cooperating with the investigation and there have been no preliminary indications the driver was impaired." The accident happened after sundown so the cyclist may have not been easily seen prior to the fatal collision.

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