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Seattle Bicycle Safety: On Track?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 14, 2011

Seattle bicycle riders are pushing for more space on the roads. As reported by Fox Spokane, a revised plan for installing cycle tracks around the city is being reviewed by officials. The tracks, or separated lanes, would offer riders additional protection and isolation, and would cost approximately $400,000 to complete. However, even if it makes it through the masses of red tape and budget sheets, a city transformation of that nature will not happen overnight. In the meantime, bicyclists should always adhere to the following safety rules provided by the Seattle Police regarding helmet use.

  • Wear a helmet at all times when riding: It reduces the risk of head and brain injury by 85 percent or more. And it’s the law. If you neglect to wear a helmet in Seattle, you are subject to police citations and fines.
  • Be sure your helmet meets safety standards: These standards are set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); helmets should include safety certification stickers upon purchase from retailers. Read the rest »

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