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Riding Your Bicycle Safely in Florida - Florida’s Rails-To-Trails

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

I am often asked where people can ride their bicycles safely in Florida.  After all, Florida has the highest bicycle fatality rate in the United States. Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville are the 4 most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians. One excellent option...

Sewer Grates, Storm Drains and Open Metal Grating Bridges Causing Bicycle Crashes

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

People who ride bicycles are put in jeopardy when trying to ride across open metal grating bridges, sewer grates and storm drains.  Metal grating bridges may have gaps between grating sections which can swallow bike tires.  The grating itself can be slippery.

The above photo shows one particularly dangerous gap – large enough to engulf a road bike tire - in metal grating on State Road A-1-A in the Florida Keys. Storm drains can have linear gaps that are the perfect size to devour a narrow road bike tire.

Distracted Driving and Bicycle Accidents

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, Cycling Safety Tips, Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

Did you know distracted driving injures and kills a large number of cyclists?  That numbers are increasing?  In 2013, Public Health Reports published an study analyzing pedestrian and bicycle fatalities. While motor vehicle fatality rates have decreased in the U.S. in the past five years, rates of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have risen. And the incidence of bicyclists being killed by distracted driving accidents has gone through the roof – it has increased 30% in only 5 years.  Another interesting fact – most cyclists were killed during day light hours, while the majority of pedestrians were killed at night.

Sharrows Coming to Jacksonville

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling News, Cycling Safety Tips, on .

We have convinced the City of Jacksonville to paint sharrows (shared lane marking) like the one below, on Beauclerc, Scott Mill, Mandarin, and Flynn Roads in Mandarin. The sharrows are placed 4 feet from the edge of the pavement for an excellent reason – your cycling safety.  On these narrow roads, there is not enough room for cyclists to ride to the far right edge of the road, and for motorists to pass them in the same lane, or by barely pulling around you. THEY MUST GIVE YOU 3 FEET.  You should ride on these roads by having your tires go over the middle of the sharrow.  That is closer to the middle of the lane than the far right edge of the pavement.

Please share this with your friends on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter and stay safe on the road.

Bicycle Helmets, Children and Lawsuits

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

Among all recreational sports, bicycles are the leading cause of ER visits for children. Both Pediatricians and Neurosurgeons confirm that bicycle accidents are a very significant source of head injuries (called traumatic brain injuries) in children. Bicycling is one of the most popular recreational activities in the US with 44.3 million children younger than 21 participating.

Recall on Aura Pro Cervelo Custom Edition Aerobars

Posted by Admin in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

On April 25, 2013, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of 2013 Cervelo P3 (with Shimano Ultegra components) time trial bikes and 2013 Cervelo P5 Three (with SRAM Red components) time trial bikes that have 3T handlebars. The CPSC announced that the handlebar clamps can detach causing the cyclist to lose control. The handlebars pose a risk of injury to their riders. Cyclists were advised to stop riding the bikes immediately and to contact 3T. The bikes, sold between September 2012 and January 2103, ranged from $3,600 to $6,000. Cervelo is a Canadian company with headquarters in Toronto and 3T is a Hong Kong company. 3T's handlebars were manufactured in China. The same handlebars were also recalled by Health Canada

Let’s Make Florida Safer for Cyclists

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

Doing anything great is similar to building a pyramid. You have to start by having a strong, wide base. Let's all work together and make Florida and other states safer, healthier, and more satisfying places to ride a bike and walk in 2013. It would be good for ourselves and good for our planet. You and I can be the base of support.