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Spring is here, and we have time to hit our favorite bike path after a day of work or as part of a beautiful weekend ride around town. Whether you are in Florence, SC, or North Myrtle Beach, SC, now is the time to pull out your bike and begin an adventurous ride.

There is one thing to keep in mind while cycling around town: cyclists share the road with other motorized vehicles. As the breeze is blowing through your hair, it can be easy to forget about the surrounding danger on the road. According to the National Safety Council, there was a 37% increase in deaths from bicycle accidents from 2010 to 2019. In 2019, 712 out of 1,089 bicyclist deaths involved motor vehicles.

While the statistics may tempt you to put your bikes back in the shed or garage, we want to make it easy for you to find your favorite trail. Follow along for a list of fun and local bike trails. We also want to keep you safe, so we will share a few tips to protect you and your family.

What are the benefits of choosing a bike trail?

There is one benefit that tops them all: no cars. While biking on a trail, there are no motor vehicles. You are sharing the road with other cyclists and pedestrians. A bike trail provides a safe alternative to biking as a form of exercise or as a leisure activity.

Where is a trail in my area?

We’ve got you covered. We did the research for our area, and here are a few recommendations:

Florence Rail Trail

  • 4.3-mile trail
  • Visitors can also walk and skate
  • The trail is wheelchair accessible, too

High Hill Creek Bike and Run Park

  • 4-mile bike and run park
  • Opened in 2020 
  • Runs along Interstate 95

The Hulk – Horry County Bike & Run Park

  • 7-mile single track 
  • Bikers and runners welcome
  • Bikers and runners share the trail and use the opposite direction

What are safety tips for cyclists?

Checking your bike tires may be first on your list before hitting the road. However, here are some other pieces of safety equipment to check before placing your feet on the pedals:

  • Your seat

Is it the right height?

  • Your reflectors

Are they on the rear and front of the bike, the pedals, and the spokes? Read more about South Carolina’s requirements.

  • Your horn or bell

Can you alert others of your arrival?

  • Your helmet

Does your bicycle helmet fit properly? 

Contact Our Experienced Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today

While riding on a trail, motorized vehicles are mostly prohibited. However, if you are involved in a bicycle accident outside of a trail, a driver can be held accountable through a personal injury claim. If you were hurt in a bicycle accident in South Carolina caused by a driver’s negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced bike accident attorneys at Jebaily Law Firm today. We’re ready to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Reach out now for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Jebaily Law Firm

Jebaily Law Firm, is one of South Carolina’s long-established and well-respected legal practices. Located in Florence, S.C., we are trial lawyers focused on plaintiff litigation in personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, and criminal defense. Established in 1969, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in protecting the rights of clients and advocating for the safety and well-being of South Carolina citizens.