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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.

Bicycles May Use Full Lane Sign Improves Safety

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy on Monday, January 26, 2015.

In 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation adopted a traffic sign which stated, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane”, and then published the design in the “Green Book”.  The sign was first included in the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  The signs can be used without or without “sharrows”.  Unfortunately, the signs have been installed in very few locations in Florida. As of 15 months later, the new signs had only been installed in 3 locations within the entire state. The failure of the FDOT and local Florida governments to install the signs is unfortunate. The signs have been shown to improve safety.

Too Many Motorists Pass Cyclists Unsafely

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Most cyclists admit that they have been frequently fearful while riding their bicycles. In the 2012 National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitude and Behavior compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, it was reported that about 1 out of 8 cyclists felt their personal safety was threatened – on their very last bike ride.

Distracted Driving and Bicycle Accidents

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling AdvocacyCycling Safety TipsFlorida Bicycle Laws on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Did you know distracted driving injures and kills a large number of cyclists?  That numbers are increasing?  In 2013, Public Health Reports published an study analyzing pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. While motor vehicle fatality rates have decreased in the U.S. in the past five years, rates of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have risen. And the incidence of bicyclists being killed by distracted driving accidents has gone through the roof – it has increased 30% in only 5 years.  Another interesting fact – most cyclists were killed during day light hours, while the majority of pedestrians were killed at night.