The Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) wants all drivers to know that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers on our roadways. “The roads are a cooperative system. They are a common space in our communities where we all interact daily. Our conduct on the roads influences the quality and livability of our communities.”
The FBA says that there are many conflicts and crashes between bicyclists and other vehicle drivers because drivers are impatient. The association suggests that drivers may not necessarily need to pass right away, or at all. FBA wants drivers to consider the following:
- Is there a red light, stop sign or stopped traffic ahead?
- Is there an opportunity to pass with greater clearance in a short distance?
- Are there vehicles at cross streets that might turn into the oncoming lane as you are passing?
- Is the cyclist riding within a few mph of the speed limit?
- Are you on a residential street with speed bumps?
- Are you planning to turn off the road in 500 feet?
As of March 14, 2019, the Fort Myers News-Press reported that there have been 28 traffic fatalities, which included 4 bicyclists and 7 pedestrians. This total is almost a third of the 92 fatalities reported in Lee County in 2018.
On March 5, a 72-year-old Naples bicyclist died after being hit by a driver when the driver veered into the bike lane on Golden Gate Boulevard.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Alert Today Florida campaign has designated Collier and Lee Counties as 2 of the top 25 priority counties in the state for its 2018-2019 Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused Initiative. As part of the initiative, FDOT is providing motorists and bicyclists a Florida Bicycle Safety Quiz.
FDOT says, “This self-assessment quiz is provided by Alert Today Florida, a statewide safety campaign, as a convenient, interactive way for bicyclists and motorists to learn more about safely sharing our roads. The Adult Bicyclist quiz has 32 multiple-choice questions divided into three modules: Red Quiz (10 questions), Yellow Quiz (11), and Green Quiz (11). The questions cover on-road and off-road situations, skills and techniques, common mistakes, and relevant laws. Complete any level of the self-assessment quiz at any time. Test your knowledge and challenge yourself to complete the quiz from Red to Green. You'll likely find many questions challenging. That's OK! The feedback provided from your answers is meant to be the teaching method." For more information visit AlertTodayFlorida.com.
“We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. have the experienced legal team to assist you should you or a loved one be injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer.
Fort Myers Bicycle Accident Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839,or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.