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Are Unsafe Bike Lanes Responsible For Florida Bike Accidents?

Florida has a bad reputation when it comes to bicycle safety. Over 100 bicyclists die every year in our state—which is one of the highest rates of cyclist deaths in the entire country—but Tampa Bay city officials are trying to change that. Are Unsafe Bike Lanes Responsible For Florida Bike Accidents? Along US 41 in Gibsonton, a painted white line is all that separates bicyclists from 55 mph traffic, and bicyclists say they feel like racecars are zooming by whenever they have to use unprotected lanes like this. Hannah Strom, one of the founders of Walk Bike Tampa, is hoping that these voices will be heard, and so she is calling out city officials for what she calls unsafe bicycle lanes. What Makes Bike Lanes Unsafe? Strom says bike lanes in many areas are too narrow to maneuver in and lanes in high bicycle traffic areas abruptly end, leaving riders…
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How Can Florida Become More Bike Friendly?

Coral Gables is not known for being the safest place to ride your bicycle. As a matter of fact, Florida is rated as one of the worst places to ride your bike in the entire country, but many people want to change that and make our community a bike-friendly zone. There are cities all over our nation that have gotten the hang of making it safe for pedestrians and bicyclists, is there anything we can learn from them? How Can Cities Be Bike Friendly? Chattanooga, Tennessee has integrated bike safety into their driver’s ed course. Teens are taught to observe the 3-feet buffer zone between vehicles and bikes, and they are even taken out on a bike ride using the city’s bike share program. In Salt Lake City, officials have looked across the pond for solutions to bike safety. They have taken European designs for protected intersections to improve safety…
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Alligators—A Worry For Florida Bicyclists?

When a 22 year veteran of the Hollywood Police Department retired, he planned to live out his days doing what he loved. He got a part-time job at Big Wheel Cycles, raced on bikes, and coached local Florida bicyclists and triathletes, but now he is recovering from a strange accident. After winning a triathlon, the retired policeman decided to dedicate more time to his training and so he joined a Saturday riding group. While out on their weekly ride the group encountered the remains of a two-foot long alligator that had been run over by a car. The group tried to avoid the remains, but several cyclists still slipped on the carcass and fell down. The retired policeman was one of the riders who fell. How Bad Was The Bicycle Crash? He is now recovering from facial fractures, several broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a collapsed lung. However, this…
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Do Bicycles Need To Obey Traffic Laws?

On Wednesday, June 3, a 13-year-old girl was riding her bike in Fort Walton Beach when she was struck by a motorist. She was taken to a local hospital to recover, but the 65-year-old driver who struck her will not be facing any charges from the police. The little girl ran a stop sign before she was hit, which may mean that the driver was not at fault, under Florida law. In Florida, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and its rider is considered a driver. That means that the traffic signs and warnings that are posted are also meant for bicyclists, so you could face a lot of trouble if you ignore the rules of the road. Here are a few reminders about the rules of riding that every Florida cyclist needs to know. What Are Florida’s Bicycle Laws? When you are riding your bike, remember to ride in…
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Local Cyclist “Hooligan Sean” Remembered

On his way to a bicycle race in Ferndale, a Coral Gables cycling icon was involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, he did not survive the crash, but his family and friends wanted to make sure his memory lived on. Magic Monday was the name of the memorial ride held by the family and friends of the 51-year-old cyclist who lost his life. The 20-mile ride was attended by about 100 local riders, who shared memories and stories about the man who they had nicknamed “Hooligan Sean”. The biking group he founded last year says that they will keep riding every Wednesday night as they did before their friend’s passing. “There’s not one thing Sean wouldn’t do for somebody,” said one of his longtime friends. The cyclist’s daughter remarked, “He wanted to bring so much awareness to the biking community. He wanted people to ride bikes and do that not…
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