More Fatalities on Bicycles? Miami New Times Wants to Know

The Miami New Times Continues to Lead in Local Bicycling Coverage

The Miami New Times is looking into some anecdotal reports of increased fatal bicycle collisions this year and they want to know what you think. Ask any cyclist around town – more and more people are bicycling in South Florida. What does that mean for our safety? Do you feel safer riding – or less? There have been a number of high-profile (or, at least, more heavily reported) bicycle crashes in 2010. Reporter Erik Maza called me today and asked what that means for us bicycling advocates.

I’ll admit, I don’t think there have been more fatalities than usual. The MPOs and Highway Administrations haven’t released crash data from 2009 yet, so it’s hard to say, but I just think that we are hearing more about accidents because we are seen as a stronger constituency than ever before. Every day, there are serious crashes on South Florida’s roadways, some of which will inevitably include people on bicycles. Some are our faults, some are the faults of motorists or pedestrians or, arguably, inept traffic engineers. It does make sense that since more and more people are bicycling, more and more traffic collisions will include us. So, what’s the story? What do you think?

Erik Maza wants to hear from you (and we do, too). Email him at Erik.Maza@miaminewtimes.com and cc: SFBikeCoalition@yahoo.comif you were writing a story about bicycling in South Florida and traffic accidents, what would you say? Also, if you have pictures to share, please let us know, too.

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About Kathryn Moore / South Florida Bike Coalition

I'm the President of the South Florida Bike Coalition - a 100% volunteer organization of people dedicated to using their skills and experience to effect more, better bicycling from the Keys to Martin County.

4 thoughts on “More Fatalities on Bicycles? Miami New Times Wants to Know

  1. Please report crashes, hazards and bike thefts on http://www.bikewise.org — I’ve already set up the state of Florida.

    Bikewise is a free service nation-wide to report bike crashes, hazards and thefts.

    Many crashes are not reported — a license plate number was not recorded, or there were no great physical injuries — but crash data is useful in many ways, and this web site will serve advocates, policy makers and engineers in assessing high crash areas and hazards (poor design; motorist behavior; cyclist behavior; failing infrastructure).

    The program began in the pacific northwest and may default to Seattle location. To file a report in Florida, click the appropriate tab (Crash, Hazard, Theft) then on bottom left column, click “View other Cities” and choose FL. Then you can file a report…

  2. Pingback: SFBC, Bicycling & Social Equity: In the News! «

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