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Burns Lends Expertise to Jacksonville’s 2017 Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, Cycling News, on .

Chris Burns was asked to serve on the steering committee and to provide his expertise and input for Jacksonville’s new pedestrian bicycle master plan. He has advocated for more than a decade that Jacksonville must become a safer place for people to ride bicycles and walk.  Yet, Jacksonville had not developed a new bike ped master plan since 1999.  

Hit and Run Drivers and Bicycle Accidents

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

The statistics on hit and run accidents are prodigious.  The conduct of drivers who leave the scene is absurd and preposterous.  A motorist causing a crash and injuring another person is regrettable.  Choosing to leave the scene, commonly called, "hit and run", without rendering aid to the injured party is senseless, depraved and immoral. 

Sadly, this heinous behavior happens prolifically in Florida, especially with pedestrian and bicycling victims.

Bicycles May Use Full Lane Sign Improves Safety

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

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.