When most people think of Las Vegas, they likely imagine the bright lights and constant traffic flowing down the city’s world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, which does not seem a likely destination for cyclists. However, the tourist center is not the only place that makes up Las Vegas, and the city is making efforts to encourage residents to ride their bikes more.
Although Las Vegas is not known as a bike town, the trend is picking up some speed. As a result, it is important to understand how safe it is to ride a bicycle in Las Vegas, as well as what to do in the unfortunate event that you are involved in a bicycle accident, especially if you are hit by a car.
Las Vegas making efforts to become more bicycle-friendly
Bike lanes are becoming a more common sight throughout the city of Las Vegas, including as far northwest as the new planned community now being built called Skye Canyon, which puts an emphasis on physical fitness as part of its overall package of resident amenities and, therefore, has bike lanes included as part of its planned development. In fact, Southern Nevada has 869 miles of bike lanes as well as other paved paths and roadways for cyclists. However, many local commutes are longer than 10 miles, which is not practical for a daily cycling commute. In fact, cycling outside of residential neighborhoods or away from biking trails and trying to navigate the city’s busy roads can be challenging in areas where the city’s green bike lanes do not exist.
Risks of cycling in Las Vegas
As in any large urban environment, biking accidents in Las Vegas are a reality. Since the local population is accustomed to getting around by car rather than bike to cover long commuting distances, drivers may not be as skilled in “sharing the road” as they are in other cities where cycling is much more common. Motorists may not see cyclists or may not drive safely around them, and accidents can happen. Especially on the Strip, drunk or distracted drivers can pose a real threat to cyclists and pedestrians.
A biking accident can lead to serious injuries, which can result in high medical bills and lost wages due to time out of work. If you suffer a biking accident in Las Vegas, you should contact a personal injury attorney to assess your situation and evaluate your compensation needs.