Category: Bike Accidents
Florida remains one of the more dangerous states for bicyclists. There needs to be a change in culture so cycling is not only less risky, but also perceived as safe.
Bicyclists are often involved in right-on-red accidents in the United States, reports Bicyclesafe.com. A common incident, according to it, is one in which the bicyclist stops to the right of a vehicle that is already waiting at a red light or stop sign.
For sport, recreation, or as a mode of transportation, the popularity of bicycle riding continues for all ages. Although it is normally an enjoyable outdoor activity, it can become a nightmare when a bicyclist is involved in an accident with another vehicle.
Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System reports that over the last two decades, the number of people injured in bicycle accidents with motor vehicles in the United States has been rising, with some injuries leading to fatalities.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center said in their research brief, “An Overview of Automated Enforcement Systems and Their Potential for Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety” that, “Data on the total number of bicyclist and pedestrian injuries and deaths as a result of traffic crashes reveals persistent problems.”
As of October 11, 2017, there have been a combined total of 291bicycle crashes in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. There has been new research released by FIU. We would like to share it with you.
According to IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), children are involved in the majority of bicycle accidents with automobiles. These bicycle accidents can often result in serious or fatal injuries.
Florida Governor, Rick Scott designated March 2017 as Florida Bicycle Month. The Department of Transportation (FDOT) has initiated a campaign, Alert Today – Alive Tomorrow, which is a bicycle- and pedestrian-focused initiative promoting safety.
As of December 20, 2016, the News Press reported that the number of bicycle accidents in Collier County exceeded triple digits at 122. This put Collier County in seventh place among Florida counties in the rate of bike crashes.
The Naples Daily News reported on November 30, 2016 that a local bicycle club, the Naples Velo Bicycle Club, is promoting a road safety video “Stay In Your Lane.”