Could Family-Friendly Bicycles Soon Be Here?

A bicycle show in a nation that is home to one of safest and most pleasurable environments for bicyclists recently provided exciting glimpses of what the future holds in terms of bicycling.

Several of the bicycles on exhibit at the Copenhagen Bike Show were family-friendly bicycles that allow people to carry passengers, groceries, their pet dog, and children. Some of the bicycles on display at the Show had sidecars, just like those that are currently available for motorcycles. In other cases, bicyclists had forward-facing seats between the handlebars that you could use as a stroller.

The Danish capital is home to hundreds of thousands of bicyclists. However, bicyclists in Copenhagen are becoming pickier about the types of vehicles that they want to use. They want more versatility, and they want their bicycles to perform many of the same functions that their cars do. In short, families want more from a bike. They want a bike to be easy to travel in, but also want to be able to carry groceries, and even the children home in it.

There was no doubt that some of the most popular exhibits at the show were bicycles that primarily targeted families with children. Some companies are actually introducing wine bottle holders, and grocery bags as special add-ons for bicycles. One bicycle comes with a sidecar, that can turn into a sled, if the bicyclist suddenly finds himself in the mood for some cross country skiing.

Considering that many of the bicycles that were on display at the Copenhagen Bike Show were designed by Dinesh designers, it is safe to assume that safety is a priority in many of these designs.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you may be eligible for a claim for compensation. Discuss filing a claim with a California bicycle accident lawyer.

California’s Bicycle Helmet Laws

The state of California has a law requiring all bicyclists below the age of 18 to wear a bicycle helmet while riding. However, there is no mandatory state law that requires all adult bicyclists to wear a helmet while riding.

However, some cities may have their own ordinances in place that require all bicyclists to wear helmets while riding. It is important for you to know whether your city has an ordinance requiring helmet use while riding a bicycle. It could possibly impact your chances for a claim for compensation if you are involved in a bicycle accident.

If you have suffered head injuries in an accident, because you were not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time, it could significantly impact the success of your claim. You can expect the other party to claim that your injuries would not have occurred if you had been wearing a helmet.

Additionally, because helmet use is so widely promoted as a way of reducing the risk of head injuries, a court or jury may also be unimpressed with your failure to wear a helmet, and could blame your failure to wear a helmet for your injuries.

Speak to a California bicycle accident lawyer about whether you are eligible for compensation after an accident in which you were not wearing a helmet. A bicycle helmet cannot protect against every type of head injury. If you can prove that wearing a helmet would not have prevented your injury in any way, then you may still be eligible for compensation.

Discuss your options for compensation with Mr. Brustin today.