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Is Your Expensive Bike Helmet As Safe As Possible?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Safety Tips, on .

In 2015 about 81,000 cyclists were seen in U.S. emergency rooms for head injuries related to incidents on their bicycles. In 2016, 840 cyclists died in the U.S. The overwhelming majority suffered a fatal head injury.  The disproportionate number of fatalities involved cyclists who were not wearing a bike helmet. 

Do Daytime Bike Lights Help Cyclists?

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

In the past, it seemed as if only the rare, fearful, or especially nervous cyclist might have a blinking light on the back of their bicycle during daytime. Most of us thought that lights at daytime were overkill, a non-factor, because the lights seemed too dim and not noticeable due to natural “ambient” light outdoors.

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.

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