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Should Florida Cyclists Be Able to Treat Stop Signs as Yields?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Wednesday, August 01, 2018.

Idaho, Delaware, and most recently, Colorado, have adopted laws which authorize cyclists to make a rolling stop, or a stop and yield at intersections.  Idaho was the first state to adopt its controversial law in 1982.  Due to Idaho's early vision and the uniqueness of  its law, now all such bike yield laws are typically referred to as “Idaho stop” laws.

Is Your Expensive Bike Helmet As Safe As Possible?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Friday, July 06, 2018.

In 2015 about 81,000 cyclists were seen in U.S. emergency rooms for head injuries related to incidents on their bicycles. In 2016, 840 cyclists died in the U.S. The overwhelming majority suffered a fatal head injury.  The disproportionate number of fatalities involved cyclists who were not wearing a bike helmet. 

E-Bikes and Florida Law

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Friday, May 25, 2018.

This blog post discusses Florida law applicable to electronic-assist bicycles, frequently called "e-bikes".  E-bikes are usually "pedal-assist" - the cyclist must pedal to receive power from the electric motor.  On this type of e-bike, there is no hand throttle.  European rules require that e-bikes only provide power if the rider pedals but in the U.S., most but not all e-bikes require pedaling for assistance. A few e-bike models can assist the rider even without pedaling, when the rider turns a hand throttle.

When Cars and Bikes Crash, It’s Typically the Motorists’ Fault

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Friday, March 02, 2018.

As cyclists, we hear motorists blame us for the way “all of you bikers” ride recklessly and flagrantly on the roads. Motorists often don’t respect cyclists because they claim cyclists “always break the law”, slow down other traffic, don’t pay for roads, are eccentrics, and even “have a death wish.” In my law practice, I find that motorists overwhelmingly blame bicyclists for being the cause of accidents between them.