We’re on our way to the Second Annual Florida Bicycle Summit in Tallahassee – and we’d like for you to join us! Even if you can’t make it to the all-day bicycle lobby-a-thon, remember that your state representatives do want to hear from you. You can find out who represents where you live and/or work here and schedule meetings with them in your home district.
Here are the key legislative issues we will be talking about at the Capitol:
Senate Bill 448/House Bill 41, Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving Creates the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law.” Prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device for certain purposes. Provides for points to be assessed against a driver’s license for the unlawful use of a wireless communication device resulting in a crash, etc.
SB 1918/HB 875, Traffic Offenses Provides criminal penalties for a person who commits a moving violation that causes serious injury or causes or contributes to the death of a person operating or riding in a motor vehicle, a motorcycle, a bicycle, or operating as a pedestrian. Requires court to impose certain penalties for such actions.
Re-establishment of the Florida Bicycle/Pedestrian Council
Amending high-speed and commuter rail legislation to include accommodations/green alternatives for the intermodal links of walking and bicycling, i.e. secure bicycle parking and lockers for pedestrians at train stations, rails with trails, and allowing bikes on trains.
Fair Share Funding: Ensuring that a higher proportion of federal funding for traffic safety in Florida is spent on bicycle/pedestrian programs. 21% of Florida’s traffic fatalities are bicycle and pedestrian. Currently, less than 2% is funded for bicycle and pedestrian programs.
We know that meeting with politicians can be an uncomfortable experience, and we’re here to help. We can match you up with other SFBC members in your district so that you can meet your reps together. We are also happy to provide tips and speaking points on any of the above issues. Email us!
The Florida Bicycle Summit is coordinated by the Florida Bicycle Association. We are proud members of the FBA and thank them for all they do to promote bicycling at the state level. Learn more about them at www.floridabicycle.org