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E-Bikes and Florida Law

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

This blog post discusses Florida law applicable to electronic-assist bicycles, frequently called "e-bikes".  E-bikes are usually "pedal-assist" - the cyclist must pedal to receive power from the electric motor.  On this type of e-bike, there is no hand throttle.  European rules require that e-bikes only provide power if the rider pedals but in the U.S., most but not all e-bikes require pedaling for assistance. A few e-bike models can assist the rider even without pedaling, when the rider turns a hand throttle.

When Cars and Bikes Crash, It’s Typically the Motorists’ Fault

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

As cyclists, we hear motorists blame us for the way “all of you bikers” ride recklessly and flagrantly on the roads. Motorists often don’t respect cyclists because they claim cyclists “always break the law”, slow down other traffic, don’t pay for roads, are eccentrics, and even “have a death wish.” In my law practice, I find that motorists overwhelmingly blame bicyclists for being the cause of accidents between them.

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.

Police Report a Must for All Cyclists Hit by a Vehicle

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

As an attorney who defends the rights of cyclists, all too often I am contacted by an injured bicyclist whose legal rights have been severely compromised by the failure to get a police report. The cyclist recites a story about how the accident happened that seems “straightforward”.  The fault of the motorist seems obvious.  But without a police report, the story frequently becomes anything but clear.