according to bike safety lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. A less-experienced cyclist navigating a bike on busy city streets can pose a hazard. Do occasional bike riders know the biking “rules of the road”? Do they know — and use — appropriate hand signals to help drivers anticipate their actions? Are they wearing reflective, bright-colored, bicycle-safe clothing? Are they wearing a helmet?
A more recent article in the New York Times even raised the question of bar-hoppers getting on a bike after having a few drinks.
Lawyer Landau applauds bike sharing programs and believes that, overall, they are beneficial to the public. He cautions users of these borrowed bikes, however, to ride safely, carefully, and lawfully. If you or someone you know has been involved in a bike accident and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).