Riding a bicycle can be a fun and healthy way to get around. Not only can you lose weight and get in shape, you can also reduce your carbon footprint and save money. However, before you head out on two wheels, keep in mind these safety tips. Never ride your bicycle without a properly fitted helmet. Not every state requires that adults wear them as law, but they can reduce your risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the bicycle you choose is the right size for you. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re aware of all the traffic laws because bicycles aren’t exempt from them.
Click Orlando reports that Central Florida cyclists are at a higher risk for injury and death according to statewide data.
Data from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Crash Dashboard indicates that cyclists living in central Florida are at a higher risk for injury and death.
According to FHSMV data, police agencies reported 6,575 crashes involving cyclists last year alone. 149 of those crashes resulted in death.
Orange County had 498 crashes, eight of which were fatal. Volusia County followed with 226 crashes and seven fatalities.
Florida state law clearly states that motorists and cyclists have equal rights to share the roadway. Drivers are also required to allow three feet of distance when they pass a rider. Cyclists are also required to follow all traffic control devices and signals.