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May is National Bike Month and there is plenty of talk about bike safety and statistics. And while it is important to always ride defensively, wear a helmet, and take precautions against the many dangers of biking, there’s no reason to forget that riding a bike is just plain fun. Whether you are an avid cyclist or prefer a casual ride along the beach, here are five ways to get out and enjoy National Bike Month in Florida.

Bike to Work Week

Take on the fun and eco-friendly challenge of participating in Bike to Work Week May 12 – 16. If you live within riding distance of work, enjoy a change of pace by commuting via bicycle for at least five days. Added benefits include getting some exercise, saving money on gas, and a potentially shorter commute time.
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The wrongful death attorneys in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah have learned that so far in 2012, nine bicyclists and 28 pedestrians have lost their lives on Jacksonville’s roads and highways.

First Coast News cast a light on a recent pedestrian accident in which an 18-year-old woman was hit while crossing San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin. Recovering from two broken ribs, two fractures in her cheek, and a broken clavicle, she considers herself lucky to be alive.

She told First Coast that pedestrians, as well as drivers, should be more aware of their surroundings. “People need to pay more attention when they are driving and people need to pay more attention when they are crossing streets, too … you are a pedestrian, you have the right of way, but there are going to be those people who are not paying attention.”
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The relatives of a cyclist, who was struck and killed by a car on the Rickenbacker Causeway on February 15, have filed a negligence suit against the 25-year-old man who was driving the car, and his father, who owned the car.

The 37-year-old cyclist, and father of two young children, was riding in the northbound bike lane, when he and a partner were struck from behind. The driver, despite severe damage to the car and a shattered windshield, kept driving until he got to his Key Biscayne condo, where he covered the damaged vehicle with a tarp.

He turned himself in for the Florida hit-and-run crash 18 hours later.

By then, it was too late to determine if he had been driving under the influence. It was revealed that he had been enrolled in a court-ordered drug treatment program at the time of the accident. He was jailed and charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.
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This is a sad story of the death of a bicyclist in St. Johns County that still has no conclusion.

Last April, a 23-year-old student from the University of St. Augustine, who had been riding a bicycle on County Road 214, was found dead in a ditch after being hit by a pickup truck which left the scene. His friend now tells Channel 4 he believes he knows what happened. The friend of the deceased bicyclist says he never believed the truck driver hit his friend when he was distracted. Instead, he points to something called “buzzing” that happens when the driver of an automobile comes extremely close to a bicyclist to scare him. Apparently, it happens all the time but in this case the friend says instead of scaring his friend, something went horribly wrong.

Traffic investigators also believe it is possible because the truck driver would have had to drift across both lanes of traffic to hit the oncoming bicyclist. It’s difficult to believe it was not intentional “buzzing” at least initially, they say.
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It remains a mystery why a 16-year-old high school student collided with a vehicle within a mile of her school on Tuesday, October 25. The University High School student was riding near the intersection of Carpenter and Rhode Island avenues in Orange City when a call came into authorities that he had been hit by a vehicle around 3 p.m.

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers responded and found that a 16-year-old driver had been eastbound on Rhode Island when she turned right and the bicycle ran into the passenger side of the car, sending the bicyclist to the hospital with minor injuries. FHP says the bike may not have had brakes and the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.

The biker is fortunate he was not more seriously injured. Let’s keep his recovery in our prayers. There could be charges filed following an investigation.
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The St. Petersburg Times has reported on another sad case of a hit-and-run driver who left the scene of an injured bicyclist who later died. The 55-year-old man was on his bicycle in the downtown Tampa area crossing Waters Avenue at Ashley Street when a vehicle, believed to be a red sedan, hit him. The cyclist was on his way to Kmart Sunday, October 16, and when he was hit he reportedly got up and moved his bicycle out of the road, but then collapsed. His sister got word of his death a short time later.

They were best friends who lived together and she says there will be many friends and family members anxious for answers as to who could have done this to a man who had three adult sons, loved life, and collected antiques.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help. The driver of the small car headed north on Florida Avenue, and the police report states he may have front end damage to his car and a broken headlight.
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Unfortunately, Florida drivers are not getting the message to Share the Road. In two separate accidents, two teens were killed, one Thursday night, July 28, near Tampa, and the other Friday night, July 29, in Orange County.

In the first incident, The Miami Herald reports a 14-year-old was killed when he rode into the path of a Dodge Ram pickup truck on US. 301 in Riverview. The pickup was northbound and when it hit the teen the force ejected him from the bicycle and he died at the scene. The bike did not have any lights or reflectors according to the FHP and the teen and his passenger were both wearing dark clothing. The pickup truck driver suffered minor injuries. According to the FHP, no charges will be filed against him.
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A St. Augustine man is still hospitalized after he was struck by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle Thursday, July 7 on Ponce de Leon Boulevard near Anderson Street. So far police have not been able to get a good description of the vehicle so the St Augustine Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the driver. The vehicle is believed to be a pickup truck which hit the southbound bicyclist around 12:05 a.m. The make and model is unknown. Meanwhile the bicyclist is still in Flagler Hospital where he was taken after the crash.

Crime Stoppers will take your anonymous tip at 1-888-277- (TIPS) 8477 and you can receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.
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An independent delivery contractor for The St. Petersburg Times was driving along Starkey Road in Largo as he often did just before 5 a.m. when he hit and killed a 55-year-old man riding a bicycle on a dark section of the road on Saturday morning, June 18. The bicyclist did not have a headlight or tail light on his bicycle and the impact with the 1996 GMC truck was enough to have him pronounced dead at the scene. reports the delivery driver had a clean record in the eight years he delivered the newspaper. The article indicates that the speed on the van does not appear to be a factor in this deadly crash.

Bicycle Accidents in Florida
In 2009 in Florida, 100 bicyclists were killed and 4,425 injured in traffic accidents. The same year Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, the most populated in Florida, accounted for half of the state’s 99 bicycle operator and one passenger fatalities. Pinellas County had 10 bicycle fatalities in 2009 and the same number in 2008, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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A bicyclist was riding along the side of a St. Johns County road on Wednesday afternoon, April 13, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, according to Channel 4. The station reports the collision occurred on County Road 214 between Interstate 95 and County Road 13A just before 4 p.m. where the bicyclist’s body was found on the side of the road. Troopers believe the man was riding westbound along the side of the road when he was hit by a westbound traveling motorist.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this man for his sudden and tragic death.

The public is being asked to come forward with any information about who may have caused this tragic and fatal collision. The preliminary description is that the vehicle was a Nissan Xterra SUV or Nissan Frontier pickup. Witnesses also say the vehicle could be a dark blue Ford Ranger pickup.
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