Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for bicycle and pedestrian accidents, according to the 2012 Benchmarking Report conducted by the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Among two of the top cities in the country were Miami-Dade and Broward, according to The Miami Herald.
For us here in Broward County, seeing pedestrian accidents in Fort Lauderdale and the nearby area is nothing new. Unfortunately, this has become an all too familiar sight for many. We need to remember that there are things that can be done to help increase roadway safety for all types of travelers.
Every year, the Florida Department of Transportation releases a report on these types of accidents in the state’s cities and counties. Back in 2010, which are the most recently-available stats, Miami-Dade was ranked as the number one most dangerous county in the state with nearly 13,500 accidents reported. Following closely behind was Broward County with nearly 26,300 accidents. The only reason Miami-Dade may have ranked above Broward is because of its larger population. Regardless, both areas are extremely dangerous for all types of travelers.
Our Broward County bicycle accident attorneys understand how popular these modes of transportation are in our area. When you live in cities as beautiful as the ones here in Broward, it’s no wonder why residents and visitors like to get out and enjoy the open air and the weather we’re blessed with year round. Unfortunately, motorists continue to speed along our roadways with little to no attention paid to the more vulnerable two-wheeled and on-foot travelers. Luckily, there are just a few little changes our area that can be made to help increase safety for these travelers.
It’s clear. A lot of drivers have somewhere to be and they have to be there fast! Unfortunately, these drivers let us know this through their acts of road rage, aggressive driving and unsafe driving habits.
Helping to Reduce Bicycling and Pedestrian Accidents county-wide in Broward:
-Lower the speed limits and make sure the new, lower limits are enforced.
-Improve the area’s bicycle routes. Improve them and take the time to recognize that bicyclists and pedestrians are enjoying active, economical and healthy modes of transportation.
-Narrow vehicular lanes and widen sidewalks. This will help to force drivers to pay more attention, reduce their speed and help to encourage biking and walking.
-Install crossing signals and other various traffic devices at more intersections to help everyone get across the road safely.
-Improve public transportation systems. With better public transportation, more people may be willing to use it. With more people using public transit, traffic on our roadways would be minimized and would ultimately be safer.
The tips listed above were suggested by Hank Sanchez-Resnik and Tony Garcia who are both members of the board of directors of Green Mobility Network. The organization is a nonprofit that is dedicated to promoting safer streets for those in South Florida.