Bicycle Safety for Cyclists and Motorists

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The weather is warming up and we’re seeing more and more cyclists around the city. Now’s the time to brush up on your bicycle safety tips, whether you are a motorist or a cyclist to avoid injuries and fatalities this season!
Cyclists
1.    Always wear a helmet! For tips on purchasing the right helmet, check out our blog.
2.    Ride in designated bike lanes only! If one is not available, ride on the right hand side of the road alongside the parked cars.
3.    Learn the proper hand signals that cyclists should always use.
4.    Wearing more than one earphone while riding is illegal. Did you know that? Check out more NYC laws for cyclists.
5.    Use headlights and red taillight. Also be sure to have a horn or bell and reflectors equipped with your bike.
Avoid getting into a serious injury while biking around the city. Check out 2013’s cycling injuries in NYC and don’t let yourself become a statistic.
Motorists
1.    A cyclist has the right of way if they are the first to stop. The first vehicle in the intersection goes through the intersection first.
2.    Never drive in the bike lane. It is for bikes ONLY.
3.    Share the road!
4.    If a cyclist is using a hand signal, respect it and give them the space they need.
5.    Always use your turn signals as well!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle-related accident, contact us immediately
 

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

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This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

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