Benefits of Bike Friendly Suburbs in Las Vegas

Benefits of bike friendly suburbs in las vegasAdvantages of biking in Las Vegas’s suburbs are growing, including bicycle infrastructure projects like Skye Canyon. Many applaud Las Vegas’s attempts toward long-term environmental sustainability.

Southern Nevada has approximately 870 miles of bike lanes, paths, and shared roads, with plans to double that number, including more protected lanes for bikes.  Southern Nevada is known for its great residential neighborhoods with good connectivity to recreational spaces.

Some of the top benefits of bike-friendly suburbs:

  • Studies indicate that 28% of residents living in Southern Nevada have either no automobile or limited/shared access. Safe biking conditions give low-income Americans access to jobs, schooling, stores and transit so they do not have to buy a car, which costs about $8,500 a year to operate. Biking safely also allows children and younger teens, who often do not have access to cars or people to drive them, get around to appointments or lessons, fostering independence.
  • Biking provides proven health benefits. Bicycling about 30 minutes a day reduces chances of many common diseases including diabetes, dementia, and depression by at least 40%.
  • Biking is the best way to see the suburbs and smaller towns. You can only see a limited amount walking and driving, but while riding a bike, you can see more and make a local connection.
  • Biking infrastructure makes the suburban streets safer for bikers, drivers, and walkers and reduces the frequency of crashes. Protected bike lanes help drivers by making it safer to get into and out cars.
  • Transportation causes over 25% of all greenhouses gases. Swapping a car for a bike even on short commutes an entire ton less of carbon per person yearly. Bicycling also provides suburbs with better air quality and a quieter environment and surroundings.
  • As a suburb’s streets and sidewalks are often in a state of disrepair, bicycle projects can save money by maintaining and expanding a suburb’s transportation systems.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys remarked, ““Bicycling is an integral part of the Southern Nevada transportation system, and  will help manage health and transportation costs going forward.”

Benefits of Bike-Friendly Suburbs in Chicago

Benefits of bike friendly suburbs in ChicagoAlthough the city of Chicago was picked by Bicycling in 2016 named Chicago the most bike-friendly city in 2016, the Chicago suburbs have made progress too. Bicycling in the suburbs is both a challenge and a pleasure. More suburbs are creating biking infrastructure including Aurora; Chicago Heights; Evanston; and Bensenville. Richton Park is adding a protected bike lane.

Some of the top benefits of bike-friendly suburbs:

  • Health benefits, which makes it easier for people to get daily exercise. The benefits of bicycling about 30 minutes a day include reducing chances of many common diseases including diabetes, dementia, and depression by at least 40%.
  • Transportation causes over 25% of all greenhouses gases. Swapping a car for a bike even on short commutes could generate an entire ton less of carbon per person yearly. This is a 5% carbon footprint reduction. Bicycling also makes suburbs more livable with better air quality and less noise.
  • Safe biking conditions give low-income Americans access to jobs, schooling, stores and transit so they do not have to buy a car, which costs about $8,500 a year to operate.
  • Biking infrastructure makes the suburban streets safer for bikers, drivers, and walkers and reduces the frequency of crashes. Protected bike lanes help drivers by making it safer to get into and out cars.
  • Biking trails and projects often increase suburbs’ economic vitality. One example is the Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail, an ambitious biking project, which has revitalized business districts and increased property values.
  • Biking safely allows children and younger teens, who often do not have access to cars or people to drive them, get around to appointments or lessons. This, in turn, fosters a sense of pride and independence.
  • As a suburb’s streets and sidewalks can be in disrepair, bicycle projects can save money by maintaining and expanding a suburb’s transportation systems.
  • Bike infrastructure is inexpensive and creates jobs. A mile of city freeway costs approximately $60 million, while a protected bike lane runs between $170,000 and $250,000 per mile and requires much less maintenance.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys remarked, “We see that suburbs are incorporating more bike-friendly amenities which allows them to remain competitive with the City of Chicago, which is poaching some corporate employers from the suburbs.”

Avoiding Trucking Blind Spot Accidents in Las Vegas

Blind spot accidents on trucks in las vegasA truck’s blind spot is the area it that is not visible by use of the truck’s mirrors. Semi-trucks have the biggest blind spots, and semi-truck drivers and others are often at greatest risk of collision. The size and weight of an 18-wheeler compared to a car means that a car will bear the force of the impact in a collision.

From 2009 through 2013, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), 371 individuals were killed and over 2,770 people were seriously injured in collisions with big trucks. Additionally, NDOT notes that more than 72% of accidents involving trucks are the other vehicle’s fault.

Usually, a semi-truck has a blind spot on each side of their vehicle, behind the trailer and to the immediate right side of the cab. The type of truck’s side mirrors impacts the size and location of a blind spot. However other drivers should just assume that a truck driver cannot see them in any of the common blind spots.

Some trucking companies are employing technology with blind spot indicators and cameras. The systems are expensive and they are in the very beginning stages of use.

The majority of blind spot related accidents occur when a truck is making a right turn at an intersection and the other drivers are unaware of how much room the truck needs. The car or other vehicle is often in the blind spot of the truck.

For several years, there have been public service campaigns for drivers to increase awareness of the dangers associated with trucks’ blind spots, referred to as “no-zones,” or areas where drivers should not stay in while driving.

Drivers should avoid passing big rigs on the right, and when passing on the left, go past the truck as quickly as possible, because a driver does not want to stay in a truck’s blind spot. After passing the truck, the driver should make sure that they can see the front of the truck in their rearview mirror before pulling in front of it.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys noted, “While the facts regarding each blind spot collision will always be different, a truck driver has a duty to check his or her blind spots before changing lanes. The failure to check may make the truck driver liable for any resulting collision.”

Understanding Truck Blind Spots in Chicago

Chicago truck accident blind spot accidentsWhile big vehicles travel only eight percent of all vehicle miles in Chicago, they are involved in 12% of fatal bike/pedestrian crashes. A truck’s blind spot is the area it that is not visible by use of the truck’s mirrors. Semi-trucks have the biggest blind spots, and semi-truck drivers and others are often at greatest risk of collision.

Usually, a large truck has a blind spot on each side of their vehicle, behind the trailer and to the immediate right side of the cab. The type of truck’s side mirrors impacts the size and location of a blind spot.

The majority of blind spot related accidents occur when a truck is making a right turn at an intersection and other drivers/bikers/pedestrians are unaware of how much room the truck needs. The car/bike/pedestrian is often in the blind spot of the truck.

In the wake of several recent Chicago truck-bike crash fatalities, many called for mandatory side guards for municipal city trucks and other large vehicles driving in Chicago. Side guards stop pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by trucks from slipping under the truck and being crushed by the rear wheels, drastically reducing the fatality rate for turning-truck crashes.

Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance recommended requiring convex mirrors to help reduce large trucks’ blind spots, as well as other measures to reduce the dangers of trucks such as limiting truck traffic during rush hour. This city ordinance passed, and now any business with a Chicago city contract worth over $2 million must have side guards and convex mirrors on all trucks used

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys noted, “Although not every blind spot collision is the fault of the truck driver, most are. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will assist someone who has been injured to understand their rights after an accident.”

Open Letter on the Mandalay Bay Shooting

There are no words that can express how deeply saddened I am by the appalling events that occurred yesterday at the Mandalay Bay resort. I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the victims and families affected as well as thanks to the first responders, law enforcement officers, and fellow Americans who sprung to action in a time of great need.Time and time again, we are struck by gruesome attacks like these around the world, but it is unfathomable that such hatred and horror can occur in our own community. No one should fear for their safety or the safety of their loved ones, especially during a time of joy.

As a long-standing organization in the greater Las Vegas community, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys and Glen Lerner Gives Back know that we are banded together by our resilience, our faith, and our commitment to each other. Ours is a community of strength. Now, more than ever, I am reminded of the compassion and kindness of our city. In times of tragedy, it is important to take solace in the unity of our community.

Sincerely,
Glen Lerner