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Bike Accidents

I got 'doored' on my bike. Whose fault is it?

 I got 'doored' on my bike. Whose fault is it?

If you ride a bike on the city streets in Southern California, odds are good that you have your own story about a direct hit or near-miss by being "doored."

This unique problem knocks bicyclists for a loop when drivers open their car doors without looking, right into the cyclists' path. In such cases, which party would bear responsibility for the damage?

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Who champions the rights of California bicyclists?

 Who champions the rights of California bicyclists?

If you are a bicycling enthusiast in California, you probably understand the difficulty some riders face with disregard from motorists and the legal system in the state.

The Protecting Your Rights Initiative is focused on the third strategy in the strategic plan for CalBike. Their aim is to protect bicyclists by enhancing the respect they receive from both the system and those who prefer to drive their vehicles.

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Hit-and-runs disproportionately injure cyclists

 Hit-and-runs disproportionately injure cyclists

If you are a bicyclist in and around Los Angeles, it's probably preaching to the choir to mention just how dangerous it can be to ride your bike.

In the past few years, there has been over a 40 percent uptick in the number of hit-and-run accidents with those riding bikes in L.A. County. Date analysis of California Highway Patrol crash statistics paint a disturbing picture.

The numbers show that the overall number of hit-and-run incidents declined by 30 percent. In the 10 years between 2002-2012, over 5,600 bike riders were hurt and no fewer than 36 died in hit-and-runs.

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In their own words: What brain injury patients want to hear

In their own words: What brain injury patients want to hear

Being struck by a car or truck while riding a bike often proves fatal because the injuries can be catastrophic. But even when a bicyclist survives, he or she can be left with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

It is difficult to come to terms with the new normal of coping with a TBI. Emotions can run the gamut from anger to anxiety, then sadness at what is lost and fear for an uncertain future. TBI patients may long for the days before their accident when their memories weren't clouded and their relationships strained.

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Use common sense when bicyclists and drivers share the road

Use common sense when bicyclists and drivers share the road

While Los Angeles is becoming more proactive about protecting the rights of bike riders and designating lanes as bicycle lanes, there are still plenty of roads in and around L.A. that do not have bike lanes.

When no bike lane exists, riders must share the road with traffic by riding on the side of the roadway. This can be tricky in areas where there is no shoulder or when the shoulder is a gravel surface that can cause tires to wobble and bikes to topple.

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Do you remember to wear a bike helmet on each ride?

 Do you remember to wear a bike helmet on each ride?

It's hard to imagine that people still ride bicycles without first donning bike helmets to protect their heads, yet some do. Annually, roughly 900 bicyclists die in bike accidents, and of that total, three-quarters of those deaths are attributed to head injuries.

However, nearly 90 percent of all brain injuries stemming from bike wrecks could be averted through the proper usage of bicycle helmets.Helmets also help riders appear more visible to drivers. As part of protective cycling gear, it is the first line of defense for bicyclists to protect themselves.Helmets don't have to be dull, boring lids. There are many designs to choose from, allowing riders to select the helmet that appeals to them and matches their style.

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is your child street smart about bike safety?

 is your child street smart about bike safety?

California kids love to ride their bicycles, but parents must ensure that their offspring have the skill levels required for riding amidst traffic. Below are some tips for parents to give their kids a safer bike riding experience.

-- Your children's bikes should fit their size, and adjustments should be made after growth spurts.

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Is riding a bicycle safe on city streets?

 Is riding a bicycle safe on city streets?

Most people would agree that bicycling is a good way to keep fit, but is it safe? That depends.

In 2013, 743 cyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles, just slightly under two people each day in the United States. That year had the most bicyclist fatalities since 2006, as during that year 772 bicyclists died in accidents. It was a marked uptick from only two years before, when there were 682 bicyclist fatalities. These totals represent more than 2 percent of all those who were injured and killed in crashes in 2012.

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Los Angeles not a bicycle-friendly city

Los Angeles not a bicycle-friendly city

The size and geography of Los Angeles makes it a city unfriendly to those who rely on bicycling or walking as their means of transportation.

According to research done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, L. A. is actually quite dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians. The study showed that the fatality rate for Los Angeles pedestrians was almost three times the nation's average of 11.4 percent. Bicyclist deaths accounted for 3 percent of traffic fatalities, compared to the national average of 1.7 percent.

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Bicycle commuters can cut their collision risk with these tips

Bicycle commuters can cut their collision risk with these tips

If you don't have to use the heavily traveled freeways to commute to your job, it may be possible to bike your way to work. You can get physical exercise and reduce your carbon footprint simultaneously.

However, safety is key when riding a bicycle amid traffic.

The first order of business is to make sure that your bike is properly fitted for commuting. You'll need to install a rear rack to hold a backpack, briefcase or extra clothing. Along with that, make sure that you have a small toolkit to fix a tire or adjust a chain during your commute. The bike will also need a rear reflector and headlight in the front.

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