Category: Bike Accidents
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.”
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center says that California, Florida, and Texas continue to lead the nation in the number of bicyclist fatalities. Nearly one-third of all injuries and fatalities are caused by bicyclists being struck by cars.
For some, biking is a way of life. Many individuals commute to and from work, go to parties and run errands on their two wheels. But whether the person is a steadfast biker or someone who enjoys an occasional ride during nice weather, he or she in danger of being hit by a car. Bicyclists are at a particularly high risk for injury and death in Florida.
There are more than 700 deaths per year associated with bicycling at night according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Engineering StackExchange.com, a question and answer site for professionals and students of engineering, has many comments from those in favor of roundabouts who say that, among other things, they are safer than traffic light intersections. This claim, they say, has been scientifically proven. On the other hand, they say traffic light intersections are more space-inefficient.
The Washington Post reported on June 24, 2016 that law enforcement in Ottawa, Canada has adopted new solar technology to help prevent bicycle accidents. The city of Ottawa has a one-meter law. If a vehicle is within one meter of a bicyclist on the road, it is in violation of the law. As with the bicycle laws in the U.S., there has not been a way to enforce this law and protect bicyclists until now.
The 2016 Legislative Session is over, and while a number of bills passed both chambers, many did not -- including a bill that was seeking to change certain provisions regarding bicycle safety. Supporters of the state measure noted that its passage would boost certain pedestrian and cyclist protections.
It is not uncommon to see people of all ages riding bicycles, motorcycles and dirt bikes all throughout Florida. The warm, sunny weather often makes riding a bike an attractive transportation option for many individuals. Along with bike riding comes some risks, and unfortunately, two individuals recently lost their lives in a dirt bike vs. pedestrian crash.