In Florida, we citizens are in peril of losing one of our most important safeguards to our individual liberties and rights – our independent judiciary. Our Florida Courts are under real attack. The wrong vote during this November 6th election could overthrow the power of our constitution, separation of powers, and the way our Florida government has worked effectively since it began.
Florida's big cities, specifically Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami, were deemed the most dangerous cities in the US for bicyclists and pedestrians. Dangerous by Design's study based the results off faulty designs of roads and infrastructure, lack of adequate spending and enforcement of laws, lack of adequate policies and government staffing, and last but not least, lack of programs supporting improved safety.
As a long time cyclist and attorney representing victims of cycling crashes, my mind and heart are always with the injured cyclist. But frequently I am asked by cycling clubs how they can sponsor and operate rides without risking bankruptcy caused by an injured cyclist suing them. As an informed and dutiful member of your local cycling club, you should have a basic understanding of your club’s potential legal liabilities and how the club can best manage these risks. The term, “liability”, is when the club becomes legally and financially responsible to another party. “Risk management” is identifying, monitoring and then minimizing the chances that some event causing liability to the club will occur.
The club will wish to protect itself and its officers from owing money to another person or party. Your club may want to have a member assigned and responsible to oversee the club’s risk management on behalf of the club, just as the club has officers, members responsible for membership, and ride leaders.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be the exclusive attorney sponsor of the University of Florida Cycling Team, one of the largest and most successful collegiate cycling programs in the country.
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.
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.
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.