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Old 07-13-09, 02:35 PM   #26
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I live in Clearwater (Tampa Bay area). I have to say, while I see a lot of new and re-worked roads adding bike lanes, and more signs in places saying "Share the Road" with a bike symbol, I still pretty much avoid road riding for many of the reasons stated here by others.

I am a native and unlike some posters, I do love a lot about my state, but it is NOT bike friendly (barring the Keys). Of course, since a huge amount of folks who live here came from up north, I wonder if their bad manners towards bikers came with them! Seriously, I think others are correct. we have a sprawling car-based infrastructure, with a lot of people doing other things than paying attention as they commute everywhere. Until recently few areas around me saw many if any bikes on the roads. They are doing a lot with adding signs bike lanes, and trails, but the driving population here has not "gotten the message" that bikes are out on the roads.

I do see the advocacy moves improving things and I do see more cyclists on the roads now a days, but on a recent rare road ride, I passed two different people riding the wrong way (facing traffic) down the bike lanes I was on and I see that ALL THE TIME on the new bike lanes everywhere. So barring those who are more serious cyclists and rec. riders, there may be a lot of folks on bikes around here who don't have any understanding of proper road rules as cyclists. I'm sure they don't help either. So combine some ignorant cyclists with a LOT of ignorant (and inattentive) drivers, lost tourists and little old folks who just renewed their license by mail for another 15 years and it's a bad mix.

I do feel blessed that we have a fairly aggressive "Rails to Trails" program here. I stick mainly to those trails, especially the Pinellas Trail and the Suncoast Parkway Trail. And more are connecting and spanning the various counties all the time! Still sometimes I fantasize what it'd be like to live in a truly bike-friendly state. I guess it's good that I don't fully know what I'm missing!
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Old 07-19-09, 08:53 AM   #27
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Riding in the opposite side of the traffic causing number of fatalities per year? That's quite meaningless to me if I read and follow the law and regulations, along with avoiding being collided with other cars for commuting. I don't care about Florida being in top of the list as long as I ride an adult upright tricycle with care.

For day commuting (I know it's obvious to have headlights and tail lights during the night), having a 9-foot safety flag should reduce the number of fatalities, in combination with following the law and avoid getting collided with cars, right?
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Old 07-20-09, 04:24 PM   #28
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Avoiding colliding with cars is the object but we don't have full control of every variable. Face it, if our local Tallahassee, FL speedo cyclist, sitting up high on a bike, has been hit multiple times while cycling, anyone can be hit. This guy is highly visible. I minimize my chance of accidents by transporting my bike to safer areas. I hate to be limited but I won't commute in this city.
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Old 07-21-09, 06:27 PM   #29
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Lizzy here is a good story that was in the St Pete Times last week end about your speedo cyclist... enjoy.
http://www.tampabay.com/features/hum...cle1019825.ece

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