Is Buffalo Safe for Bicyclists?

by William Mattar | March 6th, 2019

How does a city make itself safer for bicycling? Perhaps creating bicycle lanes on streets and more paved bike paths for rural adventures.

The city of Buffalo has bicycle lanes on streets and paths for bicyclists to enjoy. But what can cause concerns for bicyclist safety?

Road Construction

While Buffalo is trying to add more bicycle lanes, the city has road construction that could go on for months at a time. Bicyclists may lose their safe lanes during construction, and motorists may not give bicycles the right of way at intersections and on turns. When there is road construction in Buffalo, riding a bicycle can become a challenge.

Weather

For several months out of the year, bicycles are likely put away because the roads are too icy to ride on. The bike paths are all covered in snow, and the plows are often unable to clear out the bicycle lanes on the streets.

But Buffalo weather is more than just ice and snow. During the fall, the rains in Buffalo can sometimes be just as dangerous to a bicyclist as ice. Buffalo rain may turn city streets and bike paths into extremely slippery surfaces.

Motorists

In any city, motorists are going to pose a challenge to bicyclists who are trying to use city streets. In Buffalo, there are a lot of people who take their bikes to work or generally get around using their bicycles. When bicyclists are on the road with motorists at the same time, the situation can sometimes become challenging. Most people try to follow the rules of the road, but it only takes one reckless or negligent motorist to ruin a bicyclists’ day. Or, vice versa.

For the most part, the city of Buffalo does what it can to make roads safe for bicyclists, but accidents can still happen. Our firm has years of experience helping Buffalo bicyclists get maximum compensation for their injury claims. If you have been in a Buffalo bicycle accident, we recommend that you allow one of our experienced bike accident injury attorneys review your case and let you know your options.