Personal InjuryIs Biking in Texas Safe Compared to Other States?

February 15, 2017by Aaron Allison

Texas Safe Compared to Other StatesHow safe are Texas roads for cyclists?

According to the League of American Bicyclists, Texas was the 22nd most bike friendly state in 2013. In 2015 (the year with the most recent data), that number dropped pretty far – down to 30. What changed?

Every year, the League ranks all the states for bicycle friendliness based on answers from state bicycle coordinators, which are then verified by workers at the League. There are five categories, ranked with scores of one through 5, that the League uses to determine bike friendliness:

  1. Legislation and enforcement
  2. Policies and programs
  3. Infrastructure and funding
  4. Education and encouragement
  5. Evaluation and planning

Of these five categories, Texas scores consistent ones in two categories: infrastructure and funding, and evaluation and planning. The money is just not there, and cyclists are often left out when cities determine where and how to build new roads.

Safer Cycling in Austin

Texas is a big state, so statewide data may not accurately reflect on Austin’s local bicycle friendliness. As a matter of fact, Austin frequently hovers in or around the Top 10 Most Bike Friendly Cities, according to Bicycling Magazine, which rated Austin the seventh most bike-friendly city in the United States last year. What makes us different from the rest of the state?

Over the last few years, a number of multimillion dollar public works projects have been built that have made cycling a better, safer mode of transportation. For example, the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake provides a valuable bike route for the expanding urban core; the Walnut Creek Trail links east Austin with low-income housing, urban farms and the Driveway Series bike race; and the soon-to-be completed MoPac Mobility Bridges, a massive project aiming to keep bicyclists off the freeway.

In addition to those projects, the city has spent time repaving a significant amount of the city, leading to an extra ten miles of extra bike lanes. More than 10 percent of Austinites within the 8-mile square area of downtown are now bicycle commuters.

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Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.