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What to Do After a “Right Hook” Bicycle Accident

One of the most common types of bicycle accident is the “right hook” bicycle accident. “Right hook” bicycle accidents occur when a vehicle takes a right turn and cuts off a bicyclist. There are, generally, three ways that this occurs: A vehicle is waiting at a red light when a cyclist stops on the right. When the light turns green, the driver of the vehicle takes a right, running into the cyclist. To make yourself less likely to be involved in this kind of accident, avoid the vehicle’s blind spots. Stop slightly ahead of the vehicle or directly behind it. Do not try to get ahead of the vehicle when the light turns green. A driver is traveling faster than the cyclist and passes him or her. The driver then suddenly turns right across the cyclist’s path, causing the cyclist to crash into the side of the vehicle. To avoid…
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Do Bike Lanes Hurt Local Businesses?

San Diego is well-known for being bike friendly, and with plans moving forward like the Downtown Mobility Plan and SANDAGs’ $200 million bike initiative, it’s clear our city is committed to cycling. Bikes lanes are a cornerstone of San Diego’s accessibility, but not everyone is happy when a new bike lane shows up. Namely, businesses. The main objection that some business owners have regarding new bike lanes is that bike lanes have an economic toll on businesses. The argument is that when a bike lane is built and takes up space on the curbside, that space means that businesses will have less parking for customers. Does the argument hold up? Not really. Firstly, when sharrows are added to a road (thin bike lanes that are painted on roads), it’s not common for parking spots to be taken up. When protected bike lanes are built, yes, spots do get taken up,…
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