This week, the 3rd Police District in South Philadelphia announced that bicyclists who violate the rules of the road will be issued citations. The violations include bicycling on sidewalks, going the wrong way on one-way streets, not yielding to pedestrians on sidewalks, and operating bicycles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to the article in The Philadelphia Daily News, during last year's campaign called Give-Respect, Get Respect, police issued citations to 26 cyclists and 161 motorists, as well as warnings to more than 1,000 cyclists.
This year's campaign is funded by The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The article said that last year's campaign started as a result of the high number of accidents in 2010. That year there were 1,800 pedestrians and 435 cyclists struck in Philadelphia. The chief of staff in the mayor's office said that last year's campaign was successful and decreased the number of accidents.
Across the United States, hundreds of bicyclists are killed and tens of thousands are injured every year. Bicyclists are considered vehicle operators and are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. When riding in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. It is also imperative that drivers of motor vehicles share the road with bicyclists.
If you have recently been injured on your bicycle or you have been in an accident with a bicycle, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If another person's negligence caused your accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The attorneys at Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. have helped victims who have been injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Call today for a free consultation.
Source: The Philadelphia Daily News, City, police cracking down on unsafe bicyclists in South Philly, August 1, 2012
Related Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration