WWU Student Bicyclist by Car | Seattle Auto Accident Lawyer


College campuses are often brimming with bicycling students, especially in Washington State. Between bicyclists, pedestrians and cars, there is plenty of opportunity for accidents to occur. On Tuesday, a student at Western Washington University was hit by a car when riding his bicycle. That led Carol Berry, who is the program coordinator for the university’s Sustainable Transportation, to urge bicyclists and drivers alike to pay attention 100% of the time they are riding are driving. Just a moment’s inattention can lead to serious consequences.

EverybodyBIKE (everybodybike.com) is a Bellingham-based bike resource program. They encourage safe bicycling and provide riders with brochures, videos and information on upcoming bike events. They have shared “Five Principles of Confident City Cycling”:

1. Ride visibly.
• Ride on the right, with traffic.
• Ride in the middle of the lane when necessary, for example, when riding along a row of parked cars.
• Ride in the left lane for turns.
• Use lights and reflectors at night.
• Avoid riding on sidewalks.

2. Communicate your intent.
• Choose the appropriate lane position.
• Signal before turning.
• Avoid blind spots.

3. Handle intersections defensively.

4. Beware of roadway hazards.
• Cross railroad tracks perpendicularly.
• Avoid slippery surfaces (leaves, sand, roadway markings, etc.)
• Give clearance to angle parked cars.
• Anticipate driver vision problems.
• Avoid potholes, debris and broken glass.
• Avoid car doors.

5. Prepare for bicycling.
• Check air, brakes, chain and quick release levers.
• Prep for wet weather.
• Lock securely.
• Wear protective gear.