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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.

The 3 Foot Passing Law Continues to Sweep Nation

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

​Both Georgia and Maryland have proposed 3 Foot Laws currently in front of their legislatures. I strongly urge these States to pass the 3 Foot Laws. The law provide an important protection to cyclists. Motorists who “buzz” cyclists are far too common.

Georgia 3 Foot Passing Legislation

Maryland 3 Foot Passing Legislation

Image Conscious David Beckham vs The Bicycle Helmet

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Sunday, December 20, 2009.

Many say David Beckham, the England footballer who now resides in California, has set a dangerous example to youngsters who may now copy him. While his children wore safety gear while riding, Becks simply wore a grey wool hat and sunglasses.

To many this might not seem like a big deal, but a recent study shows 10 to 15 year old age group counted for 17% of those killed or seriously injured in cycling incidents between 2005-2007, almost twice as many as any other age group. What do you think? Read more about David Beckham and the Bicycle Helmet.

Is it Safer in a Bike Lane?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips on Tuesday, November 03, 2009.

Have you heard this?

You’re safer without any bike lanes, separated lanes, cycle tracks, bike boulevards, off-road paths. Just take the lane, follow the rules, wear your helmet, and you’ll be fine.

A group of scholars at the University of British Columbia conducted a literature review, looking at all available studies linking bicycle safety with infrastructure. Their conclusions will be counterintuitive for some. “Results to date suggest that sidewalks and multi-use trails pose the highest risk, major roads are more hazardous than minor roads, and the presence of bicycle facilities (e.g. on-road bike routes, on-road marked bike lanes, and off-road bike paths) was associated with the lowest risk.”​

Read the rest of the article on BikePortland.org.