Florida’s beautiful weather and scenery has made bicycle riding increasingly popular, with many bike riders opting for bikes as a means of exercise, recreation or transportation.
Although bicycles are not motorized, both federal law and Florida state law classify bicycles as vehicles having similar rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. This classification is aimed at reducing the number of bicycle-related accidents. Unfortunately, the cases of bike accidents and injured cyclists in Florida remains alarming.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida has the highest rate of bicycle-related deaths in the United States. In addition, bicyclists die on U.S. roads at a rate double that of motor vehicle occupants. These statistics are evidence that Florida cyclists face a lot of hazards on the road.