South Florida is a very predominant vacation spot, and bicycling is one of the favorite modes of transportation and a form of exercise especially by the beach. On the majority of roadways of Broward and Miami-Dade counties there are bike lanes specifically designed for bicyclist.
Below are some bike lane tips for cyclists to follow:
1. A bicycle lane is a lane marked with a stripe and symbols for the preferential use of bicycles on a roadway (motorists may enter or cross a bicycle lane to turn into or off a roadway at intersections and driveways).
2. Bicycle lanes are typically designed for through travel. To make a right turn where a right turn lane is provided for motor vehicles, a cyclist should stop in the bicycle lane, before continuing to make a right turn, so not to surprise a motorist in the right turn lane and avoid injury.
3. Where a bicycle lane is continued along the right side of a through street across and intersection or a road, a cyclist who intends to go straight may need to stop or proceed to adjust their position to the left onto the road, to reduce the hazard of being hit or cut off by a turning motorist.
4. A cyclist who rides on a paved shoulder should travel on the right of traffic for these safety reasons (1) it reduces crash risk at intersections and driveways (drivers don’t expect traffic on shoulders to approach from the “wrong” direction) and (2) whenever the cyclist enters the roadway (to pass a pedestrian or other cyclist, cross an intersection, or to keep clear of a vehicle approaching, to enter the roadway at a driveway, avoid debris or obstructions, etc.), right-side operation becomes mandatory and offers visibility of cyclists to motor vehicles.
Whether you are in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Margate, Pembroke Pines or Miami Dade County, should you be the victim of a bicycle injury, contact us online or call at 954 431-8100 or 305- 624-9186 to set up a FREE consultation to seek legal counsel.