San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
The San Francisco Bay Area is preparing to unveil a new ride share program to encourage commuters to travel by bike, rather than by car, this according to a March 14th Associated Press report. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has reportedly reached a deal with Alta Bicycle Share, which will link San Francisco to San Jose, and place additional bike kiosks in nearby Redwood City and Palo Alto.
The AP reports that prices have not yet been determined, but once the program takes effect, riders will be able to purchase a pass giving them access to 700 bicycles at 70 kiosks across the Bay Area. Bikes can be returned to any kiosk. Jack Broadbent, the executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, told the AP that bike sharing improves air quality by decreasing short car trips.
Jeff Nadrich, a San Jose bicycle accident lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, is optimistic about this and similar ride share initiatives being promoted across the State of California, but also remains guarded about the possible impact on public safety. According to Nadrich, “Any citywide ride share initiative should include money set aside to promote safe cycling, such as driver awareness programs and improved access to bike lanes.”
Nadrich urges cyclists to always wear a helmet when riding, and to maintain a constant awareness of their surroundings. “A bicycle-car collision is no laughing matter, because no matter who is at fault, the cyclist has much more to lose.”
About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a San Jose bicycle accident lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.