Megan Hottma, Cyclist Lawyer, shares this short video on being a Bike Ambassador. Read more
At one point or another we’ve all uttered some version of this sentence: “I wasn’t hit, but I was harassed, yelled at, honked at, buzzed, menaced, or otherwise threatened.” But what can you do?
The truth is, being harassed, buzzed (passed so closely from behind, that the hair stands up on your arm and neck), yelled at, incessantly honked at, had objects thrown at you (beer bottles and fireworks among the most common), or any other variety of these types of behaviors, is REALLY, REALLY SCARY to a cyclist out riding their bike. Read more
Planning your commuting route can be challenging, especially if you are just getting started. Hottman Law’s Bike Ambassadors member, Marieke, shares her tips and provides web sites to help map out your commute. Read more
In effect since 2009, Colorado law requires drivers to give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.
Megan discusses this important traffic safety law and offers advice on what a motorist should do if it’s not possible to give 3 feet when passing. Read more
Can cities be held more accountable for safe bike lanes?
Last year, eight people died and 11 were injured while on a bike path in New York City. Now, the victims and surviving relatives plan to sue claiming that the city did not do enough to protect people in the bike lane.
Read what Megan Hottman has to say about the city’s responsibility in Bicycling Magazine – “NYC Bike-Lane Attack Victims Sue the City for More Than $600 Million” Read more
Angry drivers are always scary but far more so when you’re on a bike. Here’s how to safely get out of a bad situation.
BY JOE LINDSEY
It’s a sad commentary that almost any cyclist can tell a story of a time when a driver was verbally or physically aggressive toward them. In fact, most of us can tell that story from a time when we were in a car, too. A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found some 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year.” What’s worse is that according to the study, an estimated eight million US drivers engaged in “extreme” road rage, such as purposely hitting another vehicle. Read more
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The Magic of Bike Commuting: Why We #RideMoreDriveLess
A Los Angeles cyclist who suffered a major injury after striking a pothole agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with the City this week.
Over the past several years, more and more riders have been strapping video cameras to their bikes—not to capture rad jumps or beautiful scenery, but for safety reasons. However, the cameras might not be the panacea that many riders believe. On-bike video footage helped authorities catch the alleged driver who hit a cyclist on the Natchez Trace last month, but too often, video evidence from cyclists is ignored by overwhelmed police departments, particularly in cases where there’s no injury or other crime committed. Read more