During the first quarter of 2013, we can expect to get some more details about Fairfax County’s Master Bike Plan when the county’s Bicycle Program division will make its presentation to the Planning Commission.
Herndon Bike Injury lawyer Doug Landau hopes to see plans for more education about bike safety.
“Bike safety on the roads is a two-way street (no pun intended!). Everyone – cyclists and motorists alike – needs to understand the importance of speed, traffic, road conditions, and operator awareness in creating a safe environment.”
Another area near and dear to Lawyer Landau’s heart is bike lanes on heavily traveled roads.
“As the father of four kids, I can think of many times when we had fewer cars than drivers at the Landau home. On those busy mornings, I would gladly volunteer to give up a car and take my bike to work. Bike lanes – or at least wider shoulders – would make it safer and more appealing for more folks to do the same, even without the pleas from their teenage kids to ‘borrow the car’!”
Whether or not a bike lane is built is determined by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and takes into account proximity to high-density housing and employment, speed, and rate of traffic any given road.
A stickler for safety, Doug is a firm believer that all bikers need to be safe by wearing a helmet and reflective clothing, refraining from using headphones while riding, and paying close attention to drivers who may not see a cyclist coming.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a crash while riding a bicycle and there are questions as to what laws apply, call or email ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).