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Bicycle Insurance

Bicycling has so many benefits such as enhanced health, decreased pollution and auto emissions. It helps in reducing obesity. Cycling also has positive economic impacts on the community. However, having bicycle insurance is very important.

However, there are certain risks you face when you share the road with automobiles.

1.  818 bicyclists were involved in fatal accidents in the US in 2016.
2. The above figures accounted for 2 percent of all auto/cyclist traffic fatalities.
3. 52,000 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle accidents.
4. 72 percent of all bicycling fatalities occurred in urban areas.  67 percent occurred somewhere other than an intersection.
5. In 2016, California and Florida ranked as the top 2 states in terms of cyclist casualties, with 99 and 83 respectively.

Bikes and other sporting equipment are fully covered under their Homeowner’s or Renter’s policies. Bicycle owners who fall victim to theft may be faced with much of the replacement cost of their bikes because of low coverage limits and high deductibles. A bicycle claim could cause a person’s Homeowner’s rates to go up. With a separate bicycle insurance policy, cyclists can protect their homeowner’s rates and protect their bikes from worst-case scenarios.

A Homeowner’s policy provides some bicycle insurance in the form of personal property coverage. The policy will cover damage to your bike to a certain extent. However, your bike’s replacement value may be much higher than the amount provided in a standard policy. As a general rule, you can expect to pay $7 – $20 per $1000 value of your bike per annum.

Under the following circumstances, it would be wise to purchase a bicycle insurance policy.

  1.  While the average bike costs a few hundred dollars, some enthusiasts do not think twice about spending $5, 000 – $10, 000 for top-of-the-line bikes. If you have a very expensive model, you may want to seriously consider buying comprehensive bicycle insurance.
  2. You regularly ride off road and want Mountain Bike insurance to cover you and your bike for damages and medical costs.
  3. Perhaps you participate in BMX Competitions or do stunt riding. Therefore you need bike insurance to cover your bike for damage and for your own medical costs.

In response to the insurance needs of bicycle riders nationwide, a company called Velosurance was formed by two avid cyclists. It provides multi-risk insurance policies for all types of cyclists. They have partnered up with an A.M. Best “A” rated Insurance Company, and have agreements with bike shops in most States, who can provide repair and/or replacement to a damaged bike. The locations of these bike shops is well presented on the Velosurance website.

When taking out a bike policy through Velosurance, you have the option of supplementing additional coverage to protect against multiple losses.  Your policy is customised to meet your individual needs. The bike will be insured for the value that you that you give them.  If the bike is damaged or lost, Velosurance will replace the old bike with a new one and they guarantee “no bike value depreciation”. Velosurance undertake to complete the whole process from claim to you being back pedalling on your bike in the shortest time possible.

Spoke Insurance is an insurance program designed exclusively for cyclists.  It covers:

Liability insurance up to $100, 000; uninsured and underinsured motorist liability with a limit of $25, 000 per occurrence $50, 000 Aggregate;  the value in the case of damage needing repair; roadside assistance (up to twice a year) within a 30 mile radius of your residence.  Spoke Insurance give members of the California Bicycle Coalition or affiliates discounts on cover.

Markel Insurance:  Their coverage includes all 50 states for those that bicycle tour and covers Canada, as well as offering coverage when your bike is in transit by land/air.

Factors to consider when searching for bike insurance quotes:

Value: The value of the bike is the main determinant when calculating the amount of coverage required. Additional items like tools, speedometers and panniers must be included. It is advisable to keep all receipts in case of a claim.

Type of Bike: A stunt bike is considered a bigger risk than a regular bike and will thus cost more to insure.

Use of bike: A bike used for commuting to work will not cost as much to ensure as a bike you use on mountain trails. Daily use needs more coverage than occasional riding.

Depreciation: Ascertain the insurance company’s policy on bike depreciation.

Limits and deductibles: With nearly all insurance plans, paying higher deductibles lowers your premium. However, a high deductible increases your out-of-pocket costs in the event of a loss.

Hydraulic Fracking

The term “hydraulic fracking” is used to describe a drilling method. Quantities of water, chemicals and sand are injected into gas-producing shale rock beds.

The natural gas is trapped inside the shale rock. Pressure produced by this technique creates small cracks in the surrounding rock. Thus the natural occurring gas is released and captured. After the capture, waste water is released.

Environmental concerns

Hydraulic fracking has gained positive and negative attention over the past few years. This drilling method is highly contentious.  This is due mainly to environmental concerns. Methane gas is released.  It is dangerous because poses possible air and water pollution risks.

The amount of water used places strain on water supplies, especially in drought-stricken areas. Potential hazards include induced earthquakes as well as operational failures and traffic congestion.

Drilling operators should have the proper insurance coverage. Most drilling companies carry commercial general liability. This is protection against third-party bodily injury as well as property damage claims. Also carried by operators is extra expense liability coverage. This insures against well failures and closures.

Homeowners

Homeowners exposed to risks from fracking should be aware of coverage limitations. There are also exclusions in their homeowners insurance policy. Such policies exclude settling, cracking and shrinking. Pollution exclusions are also common in homeowners policies. These policies do not cover damage incurred by seismic activity. As a result,  individuals exposed to this risk should purchase earthquake specific cover.

Complicating matters, regulations over hydraulic fracking operators differ widely among the states.

Some U.S. Insurers have started excluding fracking activities from their policies because of pricing difficulties.

The rapid expansion of hydraulic fracking operations in the U. S. brings the need for insurance solutions.

Major global reinsurers, which traditionally pick up substantial parts of insurance exposure, remain unwilling to take on hydraulic fracking. The insurers and reinsurers are reluctant to participate if they can’t understand the risk. If they can’t understand the risk, they can’t price it. If an insurer can’t measure and quantify that, the choice would be to stay out of the business altogether.

Common Insurance Coverage Gaps

Here’s a list of common insurance coverage gaps you might not be aware of, take heed:

NO FLOOD INSURANCE. Only 12 percent of homeowners nationwide carry flood coverage (per the Insurance Information Institute). Homeowners insurance doesn’t typically cover flooding; you’ll need a separate policy. Note that there is usually a waiting period for this kind of insurance, so do look into it well before the onset of particularly inclement weather!

SEWAGE BACKUPS. Did you know that you’re responsible for the sewer line that runs from the main pipeline in the street to your house? Regular home insurance typically doesn’t cover backups in this part of the sewer line. Sewer backup coverage pays for spewed sewage in your house, and is usually less than $50 a year, (per the Insurance Information Institute).

PAYING FOR A STOLEN OR WRECKED CAR. Gap insurance makes up the difference between what your car is worth when it’s taken or destroyed, and how much you still owe on its loan or lease. But beware, it often comes at a cost that might not be worth it.

POST-DISABILITY INCOME.  If you can’t work because of an illness or accident, you need income. Problem is that Social Security disability insurance is available only to people with long-term disabilities lasting at least one year. Only 38 percent of workers have access to short-term disability insurance through their employers (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE. Most homeowners (even in high-risk areas) go without earthquake insurance. Only 10 percent of California residents have earthquake insurance! Standard homeowners insurance won’t pay to fix damage caused by earthquakes. In California insurers are required to provide an add-on option to you to buy it, or you can research separate earthquake insurance. But it won’t be cheap, unfortunately. It can be just as expensive as your regular homeowner’s insurance, and usually has very high deductibles.