The Denver bike accident lawyers of Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, act as a source of information, support, and advocacy for cyclists. We understand that information relating to bike safety should be spread across all forums. In an effort to help reduce bike v. auto accidents, we would like to offer the most important tips for cyclists to remember when riding in Denver. All cyclists are granted the same rights and are subject to the same duties as all motorists. In the eyes of the law, bicyclists are considered vehicle operators. Accordingly, they are required to obey all traffic signals, signs, and lane markings. When riding in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. For more information on Denver Municipal Code Chapter 54, clickhere. Below is a summary of the rules of the road: (1) Ride Two Abreast: Riding two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and on a lane roadway, cyclists shall ride within a single lane. (2) Stay off Sidewalks: A cyclist can use a sidewalk only when (1) it is part of a designed bike route; (2) within a block of preparing to mount/ dismount at parking; or (3) engaged in delivering newspapers. (3) Night Riding: At night, bicycles should be equipped with a front white light visible to 500 feet and a rear red reflector visible when illuminated by headlights to 600 feet. Outside of this legal requirement, cyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing. Alternatively, riders should use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment and clothing. (4) One Person, One Bike: Riding double is only permitted when carrying a child in an approved carrier or when riding on a tandem bicycle. Children should always wear a helmet. (5) Bike Bans: Cyclists are not allowed to ride on the 16th Street Mall, except on Sundays. Additionally, bicycle parking is not permitted on the mall. (6) Ride on the Right: Cyclists should never ride against traffic. (7) Ride in the Right Lane: Cyclists should always ride in the right lane, except when (1) passing another bicycle; (2) preparing for a left turn; or (3) avoiding hazards. Additionally, on curving canyon roads without bike lanes or shoulders, cyclists should play it safe and ride single file. (8) Obey all Traffic Laws, Signs, and Signals. (9) Do not Drink and Ride.
Failing to follow appropriate safety precautions and safety laws can expose cyclists to serious injury and can make it more difficult to receive adequate compensation following an accident. Under the legal principle of comparative negligence, damages can be eliminated or reduced when cyclists are responsible for causing their own injuries or making them worse. Contact bike injury lawyers in Denver, Colorado, if you or a loved one has been in an accident.
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