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11 Steps to Protect Your Rights After a Bicycle Crash

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Most of the time, riding a bike brings beauty, independence, joy, and healthy living.  Rarely, bicycling can turn into disappointment or worse, tragedy. People who ride bicycles are in the midst of traffic which is massively bigger and heavier than the cyclists and their equipment.  Trucks, cars, SUVs – they are sometimes operated by drivers who have little concern for us.  We cyclists are largely unprotected, except for our helmets and the thinnest layer of clothing, and with hope that motorists will operate their vehicles safely with us in mind.

Bicycle Medical Bills - Who Pays What?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Monday, April 13, 2015.

You are riding your bicycle. Suddenly a car, or a bus, or a trash truck, or maybe a motorcycle pulls directly into your path. You cannot elude the vehicle – you suffer a collision. You need to go to the hospital or be evaluated by a doctor. You live in Florida. How are the medical bills supposed to be paid?  What if you don’t have health insurance?

Florida Law Should be Revised to Help Bicyclists

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Monday, March 23, 2015.

There are certain types of bicycle crashes in Florida in which police officers misunderstand or ignore the laws which apply.  In some situations, police officers may be uninformed or unaware of a key law designed to promote safety in bicycling.  In other instances, police have blamed their lack of enforcement by saying the law is too vague.     

Riding Your Bicycle Safely in Florida - Florida’s Rails-To-Trails

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

I am often asked where people can ride their bicycles safely in Florida.  After all, Florida has the highest bicycle fatality rate in the United States. Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are the 4 most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians. One excellent option...

Sewer Grates, Storm Drains and Open Metal Grating Bridges Causing Bicycle Crashes

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Friday, February 27, 2015.

People who ride bicycles are put in jeopardy when trying to ride across open metal grating bridges, sewer grates and storm drains.  Metal grating bridges may have gaps between grating sections which can swallow bike tires.  The grating itself can be slippery.

The above photo shows one particularly dangerous gap – large enough to engulf a road bike tire - in metal grating on State Road A-1-A in the Florida Keys. Storm drains can have linear gaps that are the perfect size to devour a narrow road bike tire.