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Everything You Wanted to Know About the History of the Bicycle (and the bicycle accident claim) and were afraid to ask 

If you have a bicycle accident claim, you will likely want to hire a bicycle accident lawyer. 

But that is besides the point. Let us first learn a bit more about the bicycle.


Some Brief and Dandy History

The first known archetype of bike was in Germany. The first time an actual bicycle was used in a practical sense (that we know for sure) is attributed to a German civil servant at around 1816. At that time, it was commonly called a velocipede. Other times it was nicknamed hobby-horse or dandy horse. The term dandy horse was an insult and was used to mock or make fun of the men who rode the machine at that time, a “dandy” being a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance. 

Some people attribute the original rise of the bike was due to a crop failure that occurred in 1816 and thus the inability to feed horses at the time. 

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The first bicycle was to have weighed 48 pounds and was made entirely of wood. It was not pedaled, but propelled by the use of the rider’s feet (thus wearing out shoes pretty quickly). 

Although it enjoyed some initial popularity in France, Germany and North America, the first bicycle’s initial popularity faded when some city authorities began to prohibit its use (due to increasing numbers of accidents). Ultimately in England, in 1819 riders on sidewalks were fined two pounds, thus resulting in its immediate decline in use. 

In the 1860s a French metalworker added rotary cranks and pedals to the front-wheel hub, to create the first pedal-operated "bicycle" as we today understand the word. 

And here we are. 


And So, With the Bike, Comes the Bicycle Accident Claim
(of course)

Bicycle accident claims are a relatively common occurrence in Victoria and Langford, British Columbia. We are a city where there are many cyclists. Because of our relatively mild weather, we are bike commuters to work (by using the Galloping Goose Trail), for example and school. Others cycle just for fun and fitness. 

The thing is that no matter how careful we are, sometimes cyclists are simply just not seen by an oncoming vehicle and get hit. Although most drivers in Victoria and Langford look out for cyclists, there are some times where the cyclist and other motor vehicle collide. Other times a cyclist may hit an unsuspected pothole in the road and wipe out. 

As with other kinds of accident claims, if injured in a bicycle accident, you may be able to claim damages for pain and suffering, income replacement, medical care, and other out of pocket expenses. 


Written by Val Hemminger, lawyer at Hemminger Law Group Westshore who loves bicycles