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2010 Florida Bicycle Crash Statistics

Posted by Chris Burns in Case Studies on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

​In Florida, being injured while riding a bike is far too commonplace! Cyclists continue to suffer injuries in greater numbers and higher rates. In 2010, there were 4,610 Florida cyclists who suffered non-fatal injuries when involved in motor vehicle crashes. In 2008, the total number of Florida cyclists suffering these injuries was 4,391. In Duval County in 2010, 192 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes. This means Duval County (Jacksonville) experience a rate of more than 22 injured cyclists per 100,000 people.

2010 Florida Crash Statistics Show Continuing Problems with Bicycle Accidents

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

In Florida, being injured while riding a bike is far too commonplace! Cyclists continue to suffer injuries in greater numbers and higher rates. In 2010, there were 4,610 Florida cyclists who suffered non-fatal injuries when involved in motor vehicle crashes. In 2008, the total number of Florida cyclists suffering these injuries was 4,391. In Duval County in 2010, 192 cyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes.

Real Efforts Are Being Made to Help Miami, Florida Become More Cycling Friendly!

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Congratulations to cycling advocates, EMERGE MIAMI, Miami’s Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Collin Worth, as well as Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for efforts being made to improve bicycling safety. There is no question it’s needed. According to the report entitled, “Dangerous By Design”, by Transportation For America, metro Miami area is the fourth most dangerous urban area for pedestrians and cyclists in the United States.

Are “Blinkie” Bike Lights Legal?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Friday, July 22, 2011.

​Most Florida cyclists realize that when riding between sunset and sunrise, the law requires cyclists to have a red rear light and white front light visible from a certain distance. What kind of light should the cyclist use? Probably the most common rear light is called the “blinkie” light. It is a flashing red rear light. Blinkie lights are inexpensive and the batteries seem to last a long, long time. Most Florida bike shops sell “blinkie” rear lights for safety and to help cyclists follow this law. Many cyclists feel that “blinkie” lights catch the approaching motorists’ attention better than steady lights. But are flashing lights legal?

Should You Have Bicycle Insurance?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

The FBI says there were 183,028 bicycles stolen in the United States in 2009. However, the National Bike Registry estimates the numbers are MUCH HIGHER and are closer to 1.5 million per year, because most bike thefts are not reported. College campuses, such as those at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the University of South Florida have very high bike theft expereince. Florida college students which bicycle must be extremely vigilant to trying to prevent the theft of their bicycles. According to the bike lock manufacturer, Kryptonite, the Top 10 Worst Cities for Bike Theft are:

Real Efforts Made by Miami to be Bicycle Friendly

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling AdvocacyCycling News on Monday, June 27, 2011.

​Congratulations to cycling advocates, EMERGE MIAMI, Miami’s Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Collin Worth, as well as Miami Mayor Manny Diaz for efforts being made to improve bicycling safety. There is no question it’s needed. According to the report entitled, “Dangerous By Design”, by Transportation For America, metro Miami area is the fourth most dangerous urban area for pedestrians and cyclists in the United States. From 2000-2009, Miami had 1,555 pedestrian deaths! Almost 22% of Miami’s traffic deaths were suffered by pedestrians. Cyclists are also suffering, and the death rate seems to be on the rise. In 2009, Miami Dade County had 12 bicycling fatalities, Broward had 11, and Palm Beach had 13. In the same year, Miami Dade County had 65 pedestrian deaths, Broward had 44, and Palm Beach County had 37.