As Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States continue to grapple with the ramifications of COVID-19, most Americans are living under some sort of stay at home order. However, most of these orders allow people to continue to go out and exercise as long as they maintain proper social distancing requirements. That can be a problem, especially for places not set up for an influx of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys want to remind everybody of the need to stay safe during recreation activities.
Randy LoBasso, policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia certainly has some things to say about how people are getting exercise these days. To be sure, the Pennsylvania stay at home orders do allow for people to go outside and get exercise, so long as they maintain proper social distancing requirements. However, LoBasso said that he rode to Schuylkill Banks and was amazed by what he saw. He says that nobody six feet of distance from anybody else – and there were people everywhere.
Now, LoBasso and other Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups are asking Philadelphia to close many streets to cars, including roads through Fairmount Park, which contains 2,052 acres of land. LoBasso says that, as it stands now, there is not enough space for people to get exercise while also properly socially distancing.
Bicycle shops have also reported an uptick in activity over the last few weeks, particularly when it comes to first-time cyclists. More and more people are looking for ways to stay in shape as they are unable to make it to the gym or even really leave the house.
However, the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. wants to remind drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists that they need to remain vigilant when it comes to safety. While there is certainly less vehicle traffic on the roadway, this could lead to people being lulled into a false sense of security. Bicyclists and pedestrians should continually be on the lookout for vehicle traffic and continue to use marked crosswalks and sidewalks when appropriate.
Drivers should be aware that there may be an increase and pedestrian and bicyclist traffic as more and more people look for ways to stay in shape during COVID-19 stay at home orders.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligent actions of another person, contact the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. today. We want to investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include: