Officials Push Bicycle Safety to Save Lives in South Florida

April 30, 2013

Officials in Lee County are pushing bicycle safety. While it’s a year-round job, it’s an especially important one during the month of May, which is National Bike Month.
According to the BikeWalkLee Blog, Dan Moser with the Florida Bicycle Association, there are a bunch of activities going on throughout the month to help to promote safe and responsible riding.

With the sun shinning and our residents’ desire to go green and get in shape, our Fort Myers bicycle accident lawyers have seen an increasing number of accidents in recent years. One of the most effective things you could do is check out one of this month’s safety events. They’re sure to be fun, entertaining and informational:

-Wednesday, May 8, is Bike to School Day.

-Friday, May 17, the official Bike to Work Day.

-Wednesday, May 15, is the Ride of Silence.

-Saturday, May 18, is a guided ride on a portion of our Tour de Parks route.

If you don’t have the time to get out and get to one of these events, you can do the job at home. All you have to do is take part in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” survey. This survey is important for FDOT’s campaign to make our streets safer for ALL users. The good news is that it will only take 3 minutes out of your day and will help to make our roadways safer for everyone.

They’re even taking the efforts to the islands. Adding to the regular series of “Cycling Safety Notes” are efforts from the Island Sun and the Island Reporter/Islander. Throughout this ad campaign, bicyclists will be reminded to remove their headphones, ride on the right side of the road, warn before passing and to always wear a helmet. It’s a little refresher course for your safety.

“We think these newspaper public service ads are doing a great job of helping to keeping the idea of safe cycling front and center,” said Sanibel Club President Sharon Hannon.

What you might not know is that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for bicycling accidents. According to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 150 bicyclists killed on our roadways in 2011. Many of those fatalities occurred on our South Florida roadways.

And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better, considering there was a 10 percent increase from the number of fatalities recorded in the prior year. Be on your best behavior out there and brush up on your safe bicycling skills to help to reduce the risks of a potentially fatal accident.

If you or someone in your family has been injured or killed in a bicycle accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Fort Myers: (239) 337-7070. Boca Raton: (561) 347-7770. Naples: (239) 774-7779.