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Cycling is one of the fastest and most enjoyable ways to get around Philadelphia. Now more than ever, people are commuting by bicycle due to the new bike lanes and bike shares springing up throughout the city. With more people riding bikes, It’s not uncommon to see people riding on the sidewalks, the wrong way down a one lane street or blasting through a stop sign. Common sense will tell you that some of those moves are unwise, but what are the laws about biking in Philadelphia?
When I ride to work in Philly, my number one law is self-preservation. In any car and bike collision, right or wrong, doesn’t matter: The bicyclist will always lose. So of course, on occasion, a cyclist may have to jump up on the sidewalk or filter through slow traffic to avoid a dangerous situation. However a bicycle is legally a vehicle and entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as a car. This includes respecting the rules of the road such as obeying traffic devices (including stop signs), yielding to pedestrians and traveling with the flow of traffic.
Here are 5 things you didn’t know about biking in Philadelphia:
If you’ve been doored or injured while cycling be sure to call an ambulance and the police. Go to the hospital to get checked out immediately. You’re likely to have a lot of adrenaline pumping and may not know the extent of your injuries. Some injuries, such as head trauma, requires a CT-Scan. After you’ve been checked out by the hospital and are on the mend be sure to consult with an experience Philadelphia Bike Lawyer who can help you protect your rights. Call (267) 225-3317 today for a free consultation to see if you have a case!
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