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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.

Too Many Motorists Pass Cyclists Unsafely

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Most cyclists admit that they have been frequently fearful while riding their bicycles. In the 2012 National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitude and Behavior compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, it was reported that about 1 out of 8 cyclists felt their personal safety was threatened – on their very last bike ride.

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.

Attorney Chris Burns Interviewed about Florida’s Pedestrian Dangers

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

A nationwide study about pedestrian injuries and fatalities was just released. The 2014 “Dangerous By Design” Report finds that FOUR FLORIDA CITIES - Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami - are the four most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians.  This is disappointing and tragic – but it should come as no surprise.

Jacksonville Bicyclists Gear Up for National Bike to Work Day

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, a large number of bicyclists in Jacksonville, Florida celebrated National Bike To Work Day. In my role as Chairperson for the Jacksonville Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, I accompanied Mayor Alvin Brown during Bike To Work Day, as he rode his bicycle through the downtown.

Can Florida Cities Reduce Bicycle Crash Fatalities?

Posted by Chris Burns in Cycling Advocacy, on .

Many government and law enforcement officials (and most motorists) in Florida believe you have to be crazy to ride a bike on the road - you must have a death wish - because it's inherently dangerous. This doesn’t have to be. Florida can change its horrendous bicycle safety ranking. Our extremely dangerous cities – Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, etc. can become safer.