No one wants a low-speed collision in their car, but no one really dreads it either. A fender bender is unlikely to cause more than a quick jolt and a few scratches on a vehicle's paint job. But the same accident affecting a bicyclist or a pedestrian can mean serious injuries or even death.
Some alternative transport activists in Georgia are signaling they have had enough of the dangers after the death of a 37-year-old man on an electric scooter. The fatality was the third in Atlanta since the introduction of electric scooters, often called e-scooters, as a new way to close commutes without the involvement of cars.
Protestors created human barriers to protect a bike and scooter lane on West Peachtree Street, where the right lane is a common thoroughfare for the slower, smaller vehicles. The event was designed to get the attention of people who make the decisions regarding these critical shared roads, where many bicycle and scooter accidents are more common.
"We're frustrated because the Georgia Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta, have not followed through on the promises to make roads that have protected infrastructure," said one of the protest's organizers.
Until conditions improve, bicyclists and other alternative travelers must take their safety into their own hands with defensive riding and clear signals to nearby motorists. The victims of accidents involving bicycles may have a case for financial damages in civil court to help cover medical expenses and other related costs. An attorney can help advise on this possibility after an unexpected accident.