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New government policy may prevent OC bicycle accidents

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James E. Ballidis
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood would like to see more bicyclists and pedestrians on city streets.  Last month, LaHood signed The Policy Statement on Bicycling and Pedestrian Accomodation Regulation and Recommendation. In his speech, he said “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
This is good news for bicyclists. The three key points of the new policy are:
1. Walking and bicycling should be treated as equal to other transportation modes.
2. City planners should incorporate convenient access for people of all ages and abilities to bicycle paths and walkways.
3. Sidewalks, bike routes and pedestrian walkways should be protected and maintained in the same way as roads ways are in regards to repairs, snow removal, and other maintenance.
Secretary La Hood sees this as a start towards more bicycle friendly communities.
This policy will help clean our air, promote energy efficiency, encourage exercise and most importantly, protect the lives of bicyclists and pedestrians. Making our streets less dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians will prevent serious accidents and injury.
The Orange County personal injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie have represented the victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents throughout California.  If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact our office.  Even we don’t represent you, our lawyers can help you get a start on your injury case.

Category: Bicycle Accidents

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