In spite of a fast-paced world with cars lining the highways, Americans still ride bikes. In fact, a report by the National Sporting Goods Association found that nearly half of all Americans claim they ride a bike regularly.
Pokémon Go will go down in history as one of the biggest trends of 2016. Yet it also comes with risks. The iOS and Android app lets people catch mythical creatures by using their phone's GPS units and cameras to hunt them down in the real world. It's the first time an augmented-reality game has made such a huge international splash, and it's already taking its toll on some users.
When pedestrians and bicyclists are involved in accidents with cars, trucks and other large vehicles, the person on foot or a bike is the one who ends up in the hospital dealing with serious , even life-threatening injuries.
As a bicyclist, you are at constant risk from careless drivers, not to mention potholes and other hazards. If you wear a helmet, you probably think you are doing the responsible thing to prevent yourself from suffering a head injury in a potential bicycle wreck.
A woman from Ann Arbor has been sentenced to a minimum of 14 months in jail (with a maximum of 38 months) after she plowed into a bicyclist only to speed away after the accident. She had a blood alcohol content measured at 0.24
Although there has been much debate in the Ann Arbor area over crosswalk ordinances in recent years, it appears that the city's lawmakers and planners may know what they are doing. A recently released report states that Ann Arbor is the safest metro area in Michigan for pedestrians.
As the weather begins to warm up around Michigan, more and more people are lacing up their jogging shoes and pumping up their bike tires. Increasingly we are using bicycles not only for a bit of exercise and leisure, but also as a viable and responsible means of running errands, commuting to work, or just generally getting where we need to go. The benefits to both our health and the environment are obvious.
When a bicycle and a car are involved in an accident, the results can be devastating. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 630 cyclists were killed in crashes involving motor vehicles in 2009. An additional 500,000 bike accidents ended with a trip to the emergency room.