The City of Raleigh told the station that bicycle lanes are placed where conditions permit but that not all streets ar wide enough or designed in ways to allow for the lanes. Because bikes, car and trucks must share the road in many places, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is urging drivers to remember that a bicycle is legally categorized as a vehicle and that riders have the same rights as drivers.
Unfortunately, a bicycle does not afford the same protection as a car. Bike riders hit by vehicles often suffer serious, life-altering injuries. If those injuries are caused by the carelessness of a driver, the bike rider has the same rights as a car driver and can bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.