If you’re used to riding your bike on the street, you know how dangerous it feels. Traffic packs in around you. Drivers cut you off, they refuse to give you enough space and some of them actively drive aggressively around you. Maybe you use your bike as your means to commute to work, but that ride home at the end of the day feels so risky. In rush-hour traffic, you always worry about an accident.
Well, there is some good news. Traffic levels are massively down lately. They have dropped so far that experts with U.S. News are calling the change “unprecedented, at least in the modern era.” Americans love their cars and typically use them for everything, from driving 45 minutes to work to running a mere mile or two to the store. Now, though, people are staying home and staying off the roads, and we have seldom (if ever) seen these low traffic levels before.
For cyclists, this could be a golden opportunity to ride. Maybe you don’t have to go to work right now, but you still want to get outside. You want to get some fresh air and some exercise. If cycling is your go-to move in a situation like this, now is a time when you can hit the streets with just a fraction of the traffic and far lower odds of getting hit by a negligent driver.
Of course, regardless of traffic levels, accidents can happen. If you still do get injured in a crash, you may be able to seek compensation from the driver who caused it.