As bikers in Orange County already know, some of the area's roads are friendlier than other when it comes to riding a bike. Compared to some other parts of the country, bicyclists in Orange County are spoiled. Not only can they ride in nice weather throughout the year, they can also enjoy the roughly 1,000 miles of bikeways in the area.
Bikers in Orange County should always be looking for ways to increase their safety when riding a bicycle. Safety is especially important for bikers who regularly ride on the area's roadways. Bicyclists share the roadways with people in motor vehicles, which means that riders must be aware of them and take appropriate safety precautions to avoid an accident.
Bicycling is a common mode of both transportation recreation for many people in the Orange County area. As the New Year gets under way, some people may have even included biking in their resolution to exercise more during 2015. Regardless of a person's reason for riding a bicycle, the rider should always remember the importance of safety while riding. Drivers in motor vehicles must also prioritize safety and look out for bicyclists on the roads.
The danger of injury or death for bicyclists on the roadways is a serious concern. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), although bicycles account for only 1 percent of roadway traffic, bicyclists are at greater danger of crash-related injuries and death than motor vehicle occupants. In 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed in bicycle accidents and there were approximately 515,000 trips to the emergency room because of bicycle accidents and bicycle-related injuries.
For many people in the Orange County area, biking is a way of life. People who are serious about bicycling know that it is important to invest in good equipment, including a proper helmet and quality pads. Even for the casual bike rider, safety should always be the top priority. Sometimes, however, other circumstances, like a negligent motorist, foil the precautions of even the safest bikers.
Orange County, with its scenic routes and favorable weather, is a great part of California for enjoying a bike ride. Some area residents may even rely on their bicycles as a primary mode of daily transportation. Of course, not all of Orange County includes bike trails or even specific bike lanes. This means that in many situations, bikers must share roadways with motor vehicles.
Bike riders are a common sight all throughout Orange County. Whether a biker is riding through a quiet neighborhood, on any of Orange County's many bike trails or on a road with motor vehicles, bikers should always do everything that they can to ride safely. People driving their cars, trucks and SUVs must also do their part to ensure the safety of bicyclists on the roadways.
Like many other parts of the country, biking is popular amongst Orange County residents. Biking can be especially enjoyable along some of the more scenic areas of the county, like the coastline. Whether a biker rides for exercise, recreation or as a means of transportation, riders have to be very cautious about other vehicles on the roads.
Accidents that involve a car and a bicycle almost never end without injuries. The weight and size of the car almost always causes the bicyclist to suffer from injuries. In some cases, those injuries can be serious or even fatal. A recent accident at a northbound on-ramp of Highway 65 in California proves how serious the injuries can be when a car and bicycle collide.
A growing number of California residents are taking to the roads to enjoy bicycling activities. Gorgeous weather, lovely areas and a drive for fitness are just some reasons many enjoy biking, but there's also a dangerous aspect of taking two wheels to the road.