Many people in Greater Los Angeles and the rest of California commute to and from work and other destinations by bike. With so many people across the city using bicycles for transportation, you might think the city has some of the safest areas for biking in the nation. However, research shows that this is far from the case.
Per U.S. News and World Report, the city launched an “ambitious” safety plan back in 2016 intended to make Los Angeles roadways safer for cyclists. Yet, the number of cyclists dying within city limits only increased since the plan took shape.
Understanding what causes cyclist fatalities
There are many factors contributing to the increasing number of cyclists dying across Los Angeles. In some cases, cyclists die because drivers around them are driving while using cell phones or are otherwise distracted and do not see them until it is too late. The high level of traffic congestion also creates hazards and makes it more difficult for motorists to see those traveling by bike. Further compounding the problem is the fact that many businesses and homeowners do not want bike lanes in front of their spaces, with many believing bike lanes only exacerbate traffic issues.
Preventing future cyclist fatalities
Many safety advocates believe city officials are dropping the ball when it comes to cyclist safety. Some argue that the city needs to install more bike lanes on side streets, rather than main thoroughfares, to encourage cyclists to travel there instead.
Cyclists who suffer injuries caused by driver negligence, or family members of cyclists who die due to the negligence of others, may have legal recourse.