Once winter finally gives way to spring, in the Schaumburg and Greater Chicago metro area, bicycles become common sites on our roads and sidewalks. people head out to enjoy the beautiful weather. Experienced bikers know that laws for allowing bikes in traffic lanes are often ignored by frustrated and irrational drivers.
A couple months ago, Chicago passed a new law to improve bicycle safety. The motivation for the law was two-fold: Increase safety for bicyclists and increase traffic flow. The law allows motorists to pass bicyclists in otherwise no-passing areas and it also lets bicyclists ride on the shoulders of roads.
Riding through Chicago, whether you are a commuter or just an avid cyclist, can be extremely dangerous. You probably find yourself dodging cars, pedestrians, and various other hazards on a regular basis. In reality, the dangers that come with cycling in the city are endless and avoiding every single one is near impossible. It you have not already sailed over your handle bars, you have more than likely come close.
One of the most common kinds of bike crashes involves getting the front tire caught on something, which sends the bicyclist over the handlebars. These over-the-handlebars bike accidents can also happen if a cyclist applies too much brake to the front tire.
We know what you're thinking: "I don't want to put on a fluorescent yellow vest when I'm riding my bike. That's so uncool!"
In studying the efficiency of energy use in the animal kingdom, scientists have discovered that the condor moves with the highest level of effectiveness. A walking human being, on the other hand, operates at a far lower -- almost embarrassing -- level. Put a human on a bicycle, and this efficiency goes off the charts.