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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 03:32:18 PM »
that sucks - I totally can see that - When I ride to work sometimes I feel terrified of the idiots driving around me.  I am considering leaving earlier from home and just riding my mtb and hitting sidewalks the whole way to work

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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 04:09:25 PM »
That does suck and I can totally see why it's so high with our lack of good bike lanes and crappy drivers. But I wonder if their slightly inflated due to the fact that you can ride year round here? The states that ranked lowest were northern states. I think.
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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 04:15:35 PM »
i only ride my bike on the pinellas trail when trail dusting, never on the road.

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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 04:16:07 PM »
That does suck and I can totally see why it's so high with our lack of good bike lanes and crappy drivers. But I wonder if their slightly inflated due to the fact that you can ride year round here? The states that ranked lowest were northern states. I think.

good observation.

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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 04:41:20 PM »
Total deaths only tells part of the picture...I would think that death's per bike sold or death's per mile ridden would be a better statistic in determining the most dangerous state for cyclists.
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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2009, 06:36:26 AM »
I wonder how many of those deaths were real cycists. In Daytona and Orlando i see a lot of torn up cracked out looking people riding bikes and just roll into traffic dodging cars. These morons are all over the roads in Daytona, it blows my mind the * moves they do.

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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2009, 03:07:48 PM »
Cyclists can ride the roads of Fl safely and they can wear whatever they choose to wear even if it disturbs and titilates manly men (see Tribune article). 
Ignorance is the main problem in misunderstanding and mishap among and between cyclists and other road users.
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Elite cyclists should take the time  to experience utility cycling, which is what I mean by cyclists who use transit buses and can be seen riding the wrong way along all of Tampa's roads. Ride your bike to the grocery store, library, work or play.  Please don't ride the wrong way on roads, but go ahead and mix it up with traffic using your knowledge, experience and judgement.  If you encounter an unsafe bus, truck or motorist then report them.  One of the hardest things for me to do is recall a license tag # when I'm pumped up.  For buses get the 4-digit bus number (much easier to remember than tag #) and time. Call the agency and let them know that you're going to call the police too. 
 
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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2009, 05:43:28 PM »
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Re: Florida Most Dangerous for Cyclists
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009, 09:19:51 AM »
that sucks - I totally can see that - When I ride to work sometimes I feel terrified of the idiots driving around me.  I am considering leaving earlier from home and just riding my mtb and hitting sidewalks the whole way to work
That's how I commute - sidewalks, trails, yards... I'm not a roadie though either.

 

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