According to the American Heart Association, the rate of obesity in American children more than tripled between 1971 and 2011. Today, about one out of every three American children or teens is overweight or obese. This growing epidemic of childhood obesity and its potential health consequences prompted former Surgeon General Richard Carmona to say, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” Read the rest »
Spring has sprung and we’ve said goodbye to the harsh New Jersey winter. This change in the weather has happened just in time for National Bike to Work Week, May 15th through the 19th. Bike to Work Week is part of National Bike Month and it culminates with National Bike to Work Day on Friday of this week (the 19th). Read the rest »
As avid bicyclists, the attorneys at New Jersey’s Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are excited that May is National Bike Month. National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, both to the rider and the environment. This year’s events include Bike to Work Week, May 15th through the 19th; Bike to School Day, May 10th; and Bike to Work Day, May 19th. Read the rest »
Cycling is a growing activity in communities across America, and New Jersey is no exception. But whereas cities in southern locales have pleasant biking weather year round, cyclists in New Jersey are faced with hazardous conditions during the winter months that make biking a dangerous proposition.
Improvements in bikes and gear, as well as warmer, more breathable apparel, have boosted the popularity of winter cycling. But winter poses a number of challenges that bicyclists need to be aware of. Evening comes earlier in New Jersey, forcing commuters to pedal home in the dark. Snowdrifts encroach into bike lanes and onto shoulders, forcing cyclists further into traffic. That’s not to mention that frozen extremities and hypothermia are common dangers for those who are unprepared.
Cycling is a great way to get exercise and an eco-friendly way to travel. New Jersey is a perfect environment for cyclists. However, cycling can also be a dangerous pastime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010, 618 cyclists were killed and an additional 52,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes throughout the United States. The number of cyclist killed in crashes involving automobiles increased by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012.
Augmented Reality is quickly making itself a centerpiece in our already technologically advanced world. The recent release of Pokémon Go has made big waves in our social and gaming culture. What makes the game so enticing to people is the fact that it bridges the gap between our world and a digital one. People are able to blend their surroundings with a fantasy world, interacting with other players in the process. Read the rest »
Bicycle accidents are an unfortunate occurrence in the New Jersey area. Thankfully, New Jersey has laws in place to protect cyclists who are victims of accidents. When an accident occurs, it is imperative that proper steps be taken to protect the health and rights of the victim. Though most bicycle accidents are minor, some have devastating consequences. Read the rest »
If you are a bicycle enthusiast, you are probably looking forward to the impending summer months. The plentiful sunshine, fresh air, and warm weather will certainly be too tempting to avoid this year. Unfortunately, many New Jersey drivers are not used to sharing the road with bicyclists. This inattentiveness is a deadly threat to bicyclists everywhere, so if you are planning on riding down your favorite bike path or trail this summer, be sure to read the following safety tips first. Read the rest »
Even with all their helmets and protective gear, bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable riders on the road. No matter the size of the vehicle, if a bike gets into an accident with a motor vehicle, they are much more likely to be injured than the driver of the vehicle. And those injuries almost always include at least one broken bone, which can leave the driver immobile and unable to work or carry on daily activities for weeks, or even months. The most common broken bone injuries suffered in New Jersey bike accidents are:
• Limbs: Life can become very difficult very quickly if you suffer from a broken limb, and arms and legs get broken so easily in a crash involving a bicycle. Breaking a limb could have you laid up for months, and unable to provide basic care for yourself such as washing, eating, and grooming. Read the rest »
With regard to bicyclists and helmets, the law in the State of New Jersey states the following quite clearly: All riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet.
The “helmet law,” as it is known, was formerly applicable to cyclists under 14 years of age, but in 2006, the law was updated to apply to all cyclists under 17. This law comes into focus quite often in New Jersey and violation of the law comes with a price tag: $25 for a first offense. A second offense can possibly result in a fine as high as $100.
There are also several other laws regarding bicycling that all cyclists should be aware of. They are found under Title 39 of the New Jersey Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations, most of which have been active since 1951. Here’s a breakdown of some of those laws: Read the rest »
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