To view the full Dangerous By Design Report, click here: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/dangerous-by-design-2014/dangerous-by-design-2014.pdf
To prevent crashes, injuries and deaths, cyclists and motorists will have to work together to ensure everyone is protected on the roads. Here are some tips to help everyone stay safe.
- Protect your head. Wear a helmet. Helmets are proven to be up to 88 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injury, the primary cause of death and disabling injuries resulting from cycling crashes.
- Be visible. See and be seen at all times. This means wearing bright colors and clothing made from reflective materials.
- Use lights at night. The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector and a taillight )visible from 600 feet behind).
- Be predictable. Act like a driver of a vehicle. Always ride with the flow of traffic, on the right side of the road as is practicable and safe.
- Stay focused and stay alert. Never wear headphones as they hinder your ability to hear what’s happening around you. Be aware of the traffic that’s around you and look for obstacles in your path.
- Remember, you are on a vehicle, too. Obey the rules of the road, including stopping at intersections and not weaving in and out of traffic.
- Remember the 3 feet rule. Motorists are required to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing. It’s been Florida law since 2006.
- Check your rearview mirror after passing a bicyclist to ensure you have the proper clearance to move over. Cyclists are often moving faster than you think.
- Don’t be a distracted driver. Don’t text, play with the radio or anything else that could distract you – especially when you are travelling in the same area with a bicycle.
- Remember, cyclists have a right to be on the road. They should be given the appropriate right of way.
Want more tips?
Check out these organizations for more tips on how to stay safe.
- The Naples Pathways Coalition – www.naplespathways.org
- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office Bicycle safety page - http://www.colliersheriff.org/index.aspx?page=7378
- The Florida Bicycle Association - http://floridabicycle.org/
- Florida Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety page - http://www.dot.state.fl.us/safety/2A-Programs/Bicycle-Pedestrian.shtm
- Hispanic Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety tips - http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/hispanic/
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration)
- League of American Bicyclists
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
- Alert Today Alive Tomorrow