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Things you should know about biking in Chicago

During the non-snowy months of the year, you can see people walking and bicycling all around the Chicago streets. Chicago was named the most bicycle-friendly city in the country by Bicycling magazine last year. There are a lot of good points the city has for people who choose to bike around Chicago.

If you are ready to head out and enjoy the city from the point of view of a bicyclist and get some exercise while you are doing this, make sure that you head out prepared.

Benefits of bicycling in Chicago

Chicago has more than 13,000 bike racks across the city so you can secure your bicycle as you explore the city. You can even find parking near the Chicago Transit Authority stops so you can bike to one and then hop on the train to go farther. There are more than 200 miles of bicycle lanes, shared lanes, and buffered lanes. On top of those, there are many miles of off-street paths where bicyclists can enjoy breathtaking views. One of these is the 15.6-mile Lakefront Trail.

You can also find bicycle rentals in the city, so you can enjoy all of this without having to purchase a bike. The city isn't stopping there. A plan to add even more bicycle-friendly amenities is in the works through the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan for 2020. This will add more than 645 miles of biking facilities to the current offerings.

Throughout the year, there are activities that bicyclists can enjoy. The tie that binds all of these benefits together is that they afford the citizens, as well as visitors to Chicago, a chance to spend time outside. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, getting out and moving around can help you to get a little healthier.

Safety risks of riding in the city

Anyone who has braved Chicago traffic knows that drivers are often aggressive and in a hurry. It is imperative that they watch for bicyclists and pedestrians. However, it is fairly unlikely that this will happen. This means bicyclists can suffer harm.

Bicyclists can suffer injuries when they are out riding. Even if the bicyclists are as safe as possible, there is always a chance that the actions of a driver will impact the bicyclist. When an accident does occur, the bicyclist will likely need medical care. If you end up in this position, you should learn about the options that you have to seek compensation for the hospital bills, medical expenses and other costs related to the injury.

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