Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people in Los Angeles have left their vehicles at home and taken out their bikes to the streets instead. And what was once a bike-unfriendly city, is slowly, but surely, changing. 

 

Per data from the Los Angeles Police Department, there were 18 bike-vehicle collisions recorded in the city during Sep. 2020, down from 185 during the same period in 2019 — making it the lowest number ever recorded. Consequently, the number of cycling trips in the city logged by Strava Metro, which tracks data on bike usage in urban areas, rose by 52%, to 191,010.

 

The Sep. milestone is part of a trend that began as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began. With less people out on the roads because of quarantine, through Nov. 2020, the total number of bike collisions has fallen by 70% to 496. That’s down from 1,655 during the same period in 2019. 

 

But these days, traffic violence isn’t the only danger that riders may face on the road — people out on their bikes need to take into account the very real problem of COVID-19. This is why Metro Bike recently released a set of guidelines to ride safely during these unprecedented times.  

 

“Our team works to keep Metro Bike Share stations and bikes ready to use and ride with enhanced and strengthened cleaning operations, but it’s important for riders to continue to practice safe riding habits,” they wrote on their website. Here are Metro Bikes’s recommendations, which go beyond just wearing a helmet:

 

  • Always wash or sanitize your hands before and after your bike rides, and avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask when in public, when using Metro Bike Share stations, and while riding in places where it is consistently difficult to maintain a safe distance from others.
  • Practice physical distancing between yourself and others while riding and when using a bike share station.
  • Avoid large gatherings and gatherings of mixed households.
  • In order to facilitate social distancing and minimize surface contact at stations, you can use the Metro Bike Share app to purchase passes and unlock Metro Bikes with a smartphone.

 

As previously mentioned, California at large, and Los Angeles in particular, are infamous for being bike-unfriendly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, California was the second state with the most pedalcyclist deaths in the country in 2018. The year prior, the city of Los Angeles experienced a total of 1,918 bicycle accidents that resulted in 17 fatalities, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Annual Report.  

 

This is why Metro Bike followed up their COVID-19 safety guidelines with overall safety measure every bicyclist should always consider:

 

  • Every lane is a bike lane. Just be sure to ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • Always obey the rules of the road, including traffic signs and signals.
  • Use hand signals to make your intentions clear.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of head injury in a bicycle crash. Riders under 18 are required by California law to wear a helmet.
  • Check your bike. Before hopping on, give the bike a once-over, looking specifically at the seat, air, breaks, and wheels.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.