A shared bike path can be very useful and allow cyclists to enjoy their hobby and get around without using busy roads, but they can be very dangerous if they are not used properly. Whilst people of all ages benefit from shared paths, and the general atmosphere can be much more relaxing and friendlier than that of roads, everyone that uses them has a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe.
Have you been hurt on a shared bike path?
Cyclists who use shared bike paths often need to share the area with pedestrians, who they may be riding right next to, so they should take care not to startle others. This includes people who have sight, mobility and hearing challenges. If there is a line that divides cyclists from pedestrians, stick to your side. Use lights when cycling at night and take great care when you reach a junction or bend. You should also slow down when you reach an entrance to the path and comply with any signs you see.
Try not to become impatient if those in front of you are moving slowly on a shared bike path. Reduce your speed when in tight spots and when visibility is not great. You may be sharing the path with children, horse riders, elderly people and wheelchair users, so do all you can to accommodate them. You also need to look out for other cyclists to avoid collisions and other accidents. When cycle paths are not used correctly, slips, trips and falls can become very likely. You may also sustain injuries due to badly maintained surfaces and other hazards that the organisation that manages the path should be addressing.
Is it time to take action?
If you have come to harm whilst using a shared bike path and it wasn’t your fault, we may be able to assist you. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been in the business since 2000 and have a great deal of experience when it comes to helping people claim for injuries sustained on shared bike paths. You can find out if you’re likely to be eligible to claim and get an estimate of how much compensation you could be getting by calling us on 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re on your mobile. You will not need any money to launch a claim with us and we work on a no-win, no-fee* basis. Why not speak to an advisor today?
Date Published: May 5, 2017
Author: Accident Advice