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Can Florida Motorist Cross Double Yellow Lines When Passing Cyclists?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

About 45 years ago, Wisconsin became the first state to pass a “three feet passing law” for the safety of cyclists. Eventually many other states followed. Now, 36 states have enacted some version of a law mandating a safety cushion for motorists passing cyclists.

Should Florida Cyclists Be Able to Treat Stop Signs as Yields?

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

Idaho, Delaware, and most recently, Colorado, have adopted laws which authorize cyclists to make a rolling stop, or a stop and yield at intersections.  Idaho was the first state to adopt its controversial law in 1982.  Due to Idaho's early vision and the uniqueness of  its law, now all such bike yield laws are typically referred to as “Idaho stop” laws.

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.