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Bicyclist Injuries And Deaths Are On The Rise In Florida


The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015, there was a 12% increase nationally from 2014. There were 818 bicyclists that died and 45,000 were injured from automobile accidents. In Hesperia, there were 29 bicyclist accidents that involved in injury or death in the last three years. The rise in accidents has led to the Florida Department of Transportation focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety across the state.

Safety Awareness Efforts In Jacksonville

In coordination with the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station, a four-month safety awareness lead by the Florida Department of Transportation kicked off by focusing on four major roads including 103rd from Hillman Drive to Blanding Boulevard, Atlantic Boulevard from Cortez to Arlington Road, Kings Road from Interstate 95 to North Canal Street, and Beach Boulevard from St. John’s Bluff Road South to South Shores Road. These roads were chosen because they had a high incident rate of accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

Starting in February officers handed out informational packets and brochures to help increase awareness. They also collected information about the various violations and issued warnings. That information was the sent to the Florida Department of transportation for analysis and recommendations for reducing accidents.

Enforcing Safety Rules In Jacksonville

This Monday, the second phase begins with full enforcement of any major violations for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists in the area. Though, the officers will still focus on education and awareness, it is important that the area is patrolled so people understand the seriousness of the issue. Officers will ticket anyone in violation of these rules. Pedestrian tickets will cost $62.50 per violation, while tickets for bicyclists and motorists will include moving violations costing $164 per violation.

Community Support Of The Safety Efforts

Jenny Henry, the founder of Jacksonville Bicycle Coalition, a grass roots bicyclist advocacy group, supports the efforts stating: “There are special problems we face in Jacksonville. It is one of the most dangerous in the entire nation for pedestrians and also bicyclists. I am 100 percent for it. Having a ticket is better than being in the hospital.” Going on to state that motorists do not respect pedestrians and bicyclists and pedestrians do not help the situation because they often jaywalk. So Henry thinks it’s good the officers are going to be ticketing everyone for violations.

Understanding Bicycle Laws In Jacksonville

To support the efforts of the Florida Department of Transportation and local county sheriff’s, it’s important that citizens of Jacksonville understand the laws that impact bicyclists. In the state of Florida, bicycles are considered vehicles and have to follow the same laws as motorists. Some important things to know about Florida bicyclist law include:

  • Bicyclists have to obey all traffic controls and signals
  • Cyclists must ride as close to the right hand side of the road as possible
  • Turns must always be signaled
  • At least one hand must be on the handlebars at all times
  • Bicycles must be equipped with brakes that within 25 feet of the target going 10 MPH
  • At night bicycle riders must have a white light on the front of the bike that is visible from at least 500 feet away
  • Bikes must have a red reflector on the tail end of the bike
  • Bicyclists must have a fixed regular seat
  • The number of riders on a bicycle is limited to the maximum number the bike was designed to transport.
  • Riders must ride single file
  • Bicycles are allowed on sidewalks but riders must yield to pedestrians

If you follow these laws, you will not only avoid a ticket during the safety awareness program but you will also be more likely to avoid an accident.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident, remember , Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, & Walsh is here to help. We have over 150 years combined experience helping Jacksonville bicyclists get the compensation they need to pay for their accident injuries and we may be able to help you. So stay safe out there but know we always have your back if something happens.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Bicyclist Injuries And Deaths Are On The Rise In Florida

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