In honor of National Bike To Work Day here are some key facts for our two-wheeled transportation enthusiasts:
- The number of cyclists commuting by bike increased by 64 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- An estimated 900,000 U.S. workers rode a bike to work in 2015, up from 730,000 in 2010, Census data reveals
- Bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often in urban areas (71 percent)
- If your bike is stolen or damaged it will be covered under the personal property section of your homeowners or renters insurance policies
- If you own a particularly expensive bicycle, you may want to consider getting an endorsement that will provide additional coverage, advises the I.I.I.
- If you injure someone in a bicycle accident and you get sued, there is liability protection under your homeowners or renters insurance policy that will cover you up to the limits of your policy
- Your homeowners or renters insurance also includes no-fault medical coverage in the event you injure someone
Check out additional I.I.I. information on bicycle safety and insurance here.
And for those living in NYC, Curbed NY has a handy guide to the city’s five best neighborhoods for cyclists.