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 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.

Spreading the word: turn signals for Florida cyclists

It’s probably fair to say that just about everyone on the road in Florida will complain that drivers just don’t use their turn signals. That’s certainly the truth to anyone who’s been on the roads of South Florida. There’s no reason that bicyclists should also be grouped in with that generalization. More so because it’s vitally important that drivers be aware if cyclists are changing lanes or turning, giving those drivers time to slow and give space.