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Cyclists should take care when riding in New York City

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Bicycling is a popular sight in New York City. Not only will you see bicycle messengers on the roads, you will also see recreational riders. Staying safe on these journeys through the city isn't easy. Not only do they have to ride in a safe manner, they also have to foresee the actions of others.

There are some things that riders can do to say safe in the Big Apple. Whether you've lived here all of your life or are just in town on vacation, make sure you remember these before you pedal away.

Broken bones from biking accidents can be costly

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Cycling is a great hobby that is enjoyed by countless Big Apple residents. It's also a convenient form of transportation in a city with crowded streets and frequent traffic jams. A bike can allow you to move quickly and directly from one place to another, all while getting enough exercise to build muscle and keep your heart healthy.

However, there are risks that come with cycling in a big city. All it takes is one distracted driver failing to notice you for a serious accident to happen. Even if you walk away with nothing more than a broken arm or another similar injury, you could experience financial hardship as a result of the accident.

Why it's so important to see a doctor after a cycling accident

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Any time you get on a bike and head out for a ride, whether in New York City or elsewhere, you accept the possibility that you may experience a serious accident. In some cases, this is due to environmental conditions like slick streets or loose gravel on your path. Many accidents, however, involve other vehicles.

If and when you do get into a cycling accident, it is always wise to seek professional medical attention as soon as you can, even if you don't think that you suffered any serious injuries. Often, you may have moderate or even life-threatening injuries that do not cause you any pain for some time while the injury worsens without treatment.

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.

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Trial Lawyers Care
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Take Justice Back | www.takejusticeback.com
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