Several years ago, Baltimore City tried having a bike-sharing program, but it quickly fizzled out and disappeared. Now, there are plans in the work to bring back a bike-share program to the city. Other major cities nearby, including Washington, D.C. have bike-share programs that have grown significantly in popularity. For example, in June of this year, close to 315,000 trips were taken on the bike-share bicycles in DC, which is more than double the number in June 2011.
These bike-sharing systems are seen as a fun and healthy way to get around in a city, as well as an easy way to explore new areas. A person can pick up a bike in one area and can return it in another area. Assuming the program does start again in Baltimore, initially there would be at least 250 bikes and 25 stations throughout the city.
If this program takes off, it would mean more bicyclists on Baltimore’s roads. Cities are always dangerous driving environments for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. With more bicyclists on city streets, the risk of accidents increases significantly. Drivers often cannot see a bicyclist that is riding next to them, and since bicyclists have no way to protect themselves from a car hitting them, serious injury results. While a bike-share program would greatly benefit the city and its residents, the number of car, truck, and bus accidents involving a bicyclist will likely increase. Anyone who rides a bike must wear a helmet, and other protective gear, such as arm pads and knee pads, should be worn as well.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a Maryland bicycle accident that is caused by the negligence or fault of another driver, please contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Baltimore and throughout Maryland for a free case evaluation. Call our office today at (301) 854-9000 or visit us online to learn more about Maryland motorcycle accidents: http://www.portnerandshure.com/Auto-Accidents/Motorcycle-Accidents.shtml