Yesterday afternoon, a woman riding her bicycle on Flagler Street and 22nd Avenue was hit by a car, sustaining a head injury. Details are sparse, but we’ve spoken to police and staff at the Jackson Memorial Ryder Trauma Center who tell us that the victim remained alert at all times. We used our twitter.com/SFBikeCoalition account and facebook page to keep people informed. We are happy to report that as of this morning, she will be okay. Collisions like this one are just what we are working so hard to prevent. It takes better education for all road users, better signage, stronger/enforced penalties against those at fault in these collisions and improvements in roadway design that inherently reduce collisions and increase safety.
As Executive Director of SFBC, I get calls all the time from cyclists who want to know what they should do – sometimes directly from the scene of a traffic incident. We are working with the Florida Bicycle Association and local law enforcement to create something that you can take with you when you ride, but in the meantime, we encourage you all to visit the FBA’s resource page here.
SFBC is also proud to have partners like TransitMiami.com, whose “Collision Database” helps us in our work to improve our roadways. We are thankful to everyone who informs of whenever they learn about an incident and help us to keep everyone on top on what is happened in our communities.
For now, ride right and drive right, South Florida. Be Safe. Enjoy a wonderful weekend for riding.