Bike sharing companies are sweeping cities across the country offering a healthier and greener mode of transport. They aim to take the dread out of the working commute and lower one’s carbon footprint, sounds like a win-win right? 

This may all sound fine and dandy until the proper examination of the bicycle rental agreement which may reveal several unsavory elements that can leave the rider hung up to dry in the event of injury or foul play. 

Bike Sharing Agreement Types

Learn to properly read and assess the Bike Sharing rental agreement before signing. There are several different types of agreement which may be listed in the bike rental agreement.

  • Activity Release –  This release is common for physical activities such as indoor rock climbing or bungee jumping. It asserts that the person is aware of the physical activity’s inherent risk. 
  • Product Sales Release – This release covers the product as opposed to the physical activity. It details that an unforeseen defect in the product could not be held liable in the event of an injury. 
  • Rental Release – This release is a combination of the two previous releases which combines a component of physical risk along with coverage of product malfunction liability.

Be vigilant when reading the rental agreement. Depending on the particular release stated, it can significantly alter your chances of obtaining compensation in the event of an injury or accident. 

Legal Counsel 

As a cyclist traveling in and around town during traffic, it is important to take precautions to avoid bicycle accidents and injury. With more than 500,000 bike accident victims admitted to the ER each year, it is no secret that riding a bike can be dangerous. Avoid biking during certain times of day, if possible, dawn and dusk as they are the hardest times for drivers to see you. Also, using headlights, reflectors, or bright-colored clothing can help you stay seen and avoid bicycle accidents.

It isn’t always easy to understand the dense, legal verbiage used in bike rental agreements. In certain cases, it may be necessary to consult a legal professional in order to assure proper coverage in the event of injury or accident.