December, 2015 is in the record books as one of the warmest Decembers in recent memory. Motorcyclists and bicyclists have enjoyed the mild (so far) winter and snowless streets. We encourage all our manual and motorized cycling friends and clients to enjoy the clear streets as you enjoy the outdoors on your bikes. Keep them well maintained, wear the proper safety equipment, and don't take unnecessary chances.
Hoverboards exploded onto the market during the 2015 holiday season but have become engulfed in the flames of controversy as claims of serious personal injuries and property damage continue to rise. Commonly called a hoverboard, the personal transportation device is a two-wheeled, battery-operated, standing scooter. Each hoverboard has two, pressure-sensitive footpads that control speed and direction. While they seem innocent and fun, hoverboards pose serious fire and fall hazards.
Anyone in Philadelphia who follows auto industry news knows that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into making "smart" technology mandatory in all new cars. While they haven't yet ordered it, it is highly likely that this kind of safety technology will soon find its way into our cars. More importantly, however, is that similar technology is making its way into bicycles, too. Not only will this go a long way to warn bikers of dangerous situations, but it will also allow bicycles to communicate with cars, hopefully avoiding bicycle crashes.