Honoring Lives Lost: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Florida

Florida, known for its vibrant culture and scenic landscapes, is unfortunately also recognized for some of the most dangerous roads in the country. Every year, countless lives are affected by crashes on the roads, leaving families shattered and communities grieving. As we observe the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, it’s essential to reflect on the impact these tragedies have had on our lives and reaffirm our commitment to road safety.

Can (and should) bicyclists in Florida wear headphones?

I was recently asked if cyclists in Florida could wear headphones while riding their bikes. Of course, I had to give the cliché lawyer answer: “It depends.”

The reason is because the law governing this area gives plenty of exceptions.

Florida HB 837 is an attack on bicyclists’ rights

A group of bicyclists are riding two abreast on a typical Florida road one Saturday morning. A driver, irritated by the riders slowing him by a few seconds, accelerates to get around the group. The driver keeps close to the group as other drivers approach in the opposite direction. The driver hits the riders on the inside line, injuring some and killing others in the crash. A proposed Florida law would deny these bicyclists and their families any justice.

Florida Legislature tries again to pass a law protecting Vulnerable Road Users

Today the 2020 Legislative Session was convened by the Florida Legislature and there will be another attempt at passing protections for vulnerable road users (VRU). After the success in passing a ban on handheld devices in school and work zones and texting while driving, there’s hope that more can be done this year.

E-bikes & crashes: what Florida electric bike riders should know

As the popularity of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, continues to grow in Florida and the US, so will the likelihood of crashes with drivers increase to perhaps the same levels we see with riders of conventional bicycles. So what protections do e-bike riders have? What are their rights and obligations? What are their options if they are injured in a crash?

Changes Effecting Florida Bicyclists Become Law 

There are some big changes effecting Florida bicyclists starting July 1, 2021. On June 29, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 950, addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety, into law. I wrote about the initial version of this bill back in March when it was introduced in the Senate, along with its companion bill in the House. The bill was modified as it travelled through committees for its final votes, passing both the Senate and House. Here is what the final version will now mean for Floridians.

New Florida Law on E-Bikes

Beginning July 1, 2020, Florida will join more than 20 other states that have a dedicated law for electric bicycles, or e-bikes. The new law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, also addresses some other much needed changes, such as legally classifying recumbent bicycles as bicycles.