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Unpredictable bicycling experiences in New York City

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Cyclists in New York City never know what types of obstacles they are going to face. One thing that is certain is that a ride through the city isn't ever boring. The ever-evolving city can make rides interesting for bicyclists.

In the next year or so, there will be a lot of changes coming for bicyclists. In fact, one change aimed at helping to improve bicyclists safety in the city has already begun a pilot program to determine how the city will proceed with a full rollout.

Cycling safely in Manhattan

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Cycling is a cost-efficient, healthy and sustainable way to travel. Many New Yorkers commute to work by cycling through Manhattan, preferring it to expensive cab rides or stuffy subway journeys.

However, along with the benefits of cycling come some distinct risks. Cyclists are especially vulnerable on the congested roads of Manhattan. Heavy traffic means a heightened risk of getting struck by a vehicle. 

How cycling injuries happen

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Staying healthy and getting fit are laudable goals. For many New York City cyclists, those are just two of many motivations for hitting the road day after day. Unfortunately, far too many cyclists end up with injuries that sideline them not only from their beloved hobby and passion, but also from their work and other activities.

Cycling injuries can arise from a host of causes. While you can't control all of these factors, simply knowing what they are can be helpful as you ride.

Triathlon preparation requires careful planning in New York City

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Training for a triathlon requires more than just countless hours of sweat and endurance. You should also take safety considerations into account when planning your workouts. For both aspiring and accomplished triathletes in New York City, training must be effective and safe.

As you're preparing for your upcoming event, follow these tips to avoid getting sidelined by an accident or injury.

Cycling in the snow is difficult, but not impossible

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Many people find that they still want to jump on a bicycle and ride during the snowy months of the year. While some people might do this for fun or fitness, others do this because it is their transportation to their jobs. No matter what the reason for your snowy excursion, you need to be sure that you are cycling safely to avoid being injured.

Getting ready to ride in the snow and ice means you need to do more than just bundling up to protect yourself from the elements. Here are some important safety tips that you must consider when you are heading out on bikes during these frigid months.

Do you have the right gear for winter biking in New York?

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Getting on a bike in New York in any season requires some preparation. At the very least, you should check your bike to ensure it is in working order and strap on a helmet before you head out on the open road. It's also critical to your safety that you familiarize yourself with the laws regarding cyclists and bikes in New York. Doing so helps ensure compliance with traffic laws and reduces your risk of a crash or collision with a vehicle.

Of course, biking in the winter has its own unique set of challenges. If you have already taken the time to winterize your bike by upgrading to heftier tires, checking or installing lights and reflectors, and performing seasonal maintenance, you may think you're ready to go. However, the most important equipment for safe winter biking in New York is the gear you wear on your body.

Helmets are critical to the survival of injured cyclists

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There's a strange social stigma attached to wearing helmets, as though there is something undesirable about wanting to protect your brain. From a young age, those who enjoy biking experience peer pressure to ditch their helmet when riding. This can lead to a refusal to wear a helmet as an adult. Doing so, however, puts you at an unnecessary amount of risk for a severe or even fatal injury in the event of a crash with a motor vehicle.

Wearing a helmet decreases the chance of a head injury by 50 percent and the potential for an injury to your face, head or neck by 33 percent. A substantial number of the cyclists who die in car/bicycle crashes each year were not wearing helmets. Investing in a good helmet is the responsible thing to do, as it protects your head, your life and your loved ones from the fallout of a potential crash.

Bike messengers in New York face significant risk on the roads

Working as a bike messenger or delivery professional can be an exhilarating and empowering career. Many times, these savvy cyclists move through traffic more quickly than motor vehicles, thanks to the use of fixed-gear bikes and an intimate knowledge of the fastest and safest routes from one area to another.

As a bike messenger, you probably already know there is risk associated with your job. There's also a good chance you are active at trying to reduce that risk. Many New York City bike messengers understand their rights on the roads and join efforts to push for more cycling lanes and better enforcement of existing laws to protect cyclists. The sad fact is that getting hurt as a bike messenger can leave you unable to work and likely unable to qualify for workers' compensation, as you probably work as an independent contractor

Get ready for bicycling during the colder months

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The colder weather is coming to New York City and this means that people who plan on continuing to bicycle through the upcoming months need to be ready. If you've bicycled in past years in the city, you know that it isn't always easy, but preparation goes a long way to helping you to remain safe.

There are many things that you need to think about when you are getting ready for fall and winter.

TPHF Attorney Interviewed on The Legal Marketing Studio Podcast

Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick is proud to announce that our very own Christopher Seleski was recently interviewed on The Legal Marketing Studio Podcast to discuss strategies and resources for attorneys to help build their careers. 

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Big Apple | Pothole & Sidewalk Protection Committee
Trial Lawyers Care
Super Lawyers
Take Justice Back | www.takejusticeback.com
Life Member | Million Dollar Advocates Forum | Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum | The Top Trial Lawyers in America
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