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Florida is Considered the Worst State in the U.S. for Safe Walking

Posted by Chris Burns in Case StudiesCycling News on Monday, June 06, 2011.

​A national study has been released which shows just how dangerous the state of Florida is for pedestrians. The study is titled, “Dangerous By Design” and was produced by the Washington-based advocacy group called Transportation in America. The study refers to a “Pedestrian Danger Index”, which assesses the overal danger to walkers for each state. Florida has the highest (worst) Pedestrian Danger Index score in the United States. In the decade between the years 2000-2009, there were 5,163 people who were killed while walking in Florida. Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville were the four most dangerous pedestrian cities in the United States. During this decade, Jacksonville suffered 342 pedestrian deaths. The Orlando area had 557 deaths. Tampa had 905 pedestrian deaths. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach area sustained 1,555 deaths. Jacksonville is located in Duval County. More than 19% of all traffic deaths suffered in Duval County were by pedestrians. Miami and Tampa exceeded 21%.

National Bike To Work Week

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

​The month of May is National Bike Month, and is officially sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. The League, a nationwide cycling advocacy organization, was formed by several prominent cyclists, including Albert Augustus Pope, in 1880. Mr. Pope was at the forefront of bicycle manufacturing in the United States. In the 1890s, he manufactured about 250,000 bicycles per year, and due to his patents, nearly every other bicycle producer in the U.S. had to pay him $10 per bicycle.

One of the Worst and Most Common Bicycling Crashes – The “Right Hook”

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Thursday, May 05, 2011.

​Perhaps the most prevalent type of cycling crash my clients have suffered is the “Right Hook”. This is where the cyclist is riding straight ahead and a motor vehicle, on the cyclist’s left, suddenly turns right – directly into the path of the cyclist. A collision occurs when the cyclists can stopped fast enough, and the cyclist is usually injured.

Can cyclists be safe without wearing a helmet?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Friday, October 22, 2010.

​Over six years, two Swedish student inventors have created an airbag to protect bicyclists from head injuries. Cyclists often told the inventors they chose not to wear conventional bicycle helmets because they were ugly and bulky and created “helmet hair”. The new air bag device normally looks similar to a scarf. It even has a “black box” that will detect certain data about the last 10 seconds prior to impact in a crash.

Florida Bicyclists Should Know About The New Law

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

​On June 4, Governor Crist signed House Bill 971. The law becomes effective September 1, 2010. The law has been described as a “mandatory bike lane” law, which means that bicyclists must ride in the bike lane, when one is provided. Fortunately, the law does not MANDATE that cyclists always have to ride in a bike lane. The law gives allows exceptions for when the cyclist is passing another bicycle, when preparing to turn left, when attempting to avoid any dangerous condition present in the bike lane, etc. However, some times the bike lane is not the safest spot. Some bike lanes are right next to parked cars so that driver's doors could be opened into the cyclists' path.