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Florida Bicyclists Should Know About The New Law

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

​On June 4, Governor Crist signed House Bill 971. The law becomes effective September 1, 2010. The law has been described as a “mandatory bike lane” law, which means that bicyclists must ride in the bike lane, when one is provided. Fortunately, the law does not MANDATE that cyclists always have to ride in a bike lane. The law gives allows exceptions for when the cyclist is passing another bicycle, when preparing to turn left, when attempting to avoid any dangerous condition present in the bike lane, etc. However, some times the bike lane is not the safest spot. Some bike lanes are right next to parked cars so that driver's doors could be opened into the cyclists' path.

The 3 Foot Passing Law Continues to Sweep Nation

Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on .

​Both Georgia and Maryland have proposed 3 Foot Laws currently in front of their legislatures. I strongly urge these States to pass the 3 Foot Laws. The law provide an important protection to cyclists. Motorists who “buzz” cyclists are far too common.

Georgia 3 Foot Passing Legislation

Maryland 3 Foot Passing Legislation