Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > > >

Southeast Alabama | Arkansas | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee | Virginia

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-13-09, 02:35 PM   #26
Rail Trailer
Kittydew's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Florida
Bikes: Trek 7500, Trek 1000c
Posts: 62
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
Kittydew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-09, 08:53 AM   #27
Senior Member
GraysonPeddie's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tallahassee, FL 32304, USA
Bikes: Trek Pure Trike (recently bought)
Posts: 353
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
GraysonPeddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-09, 04:24 PM   #28
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: FL
Bikes: Surly Cross Check, Origin8 cx700 build, 2014 Raleigh Cadent 2, 2015 Breezer Downtown EX ST
Posts: 55
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Lizzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-09, 06:27 PM   #29
Slo Spoke Jim
Thread Starter
kjc9640's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
Bikes: 1982 Raleigh road bike & love it
Posts: 2,071
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Lizzy here is a good story that was in the St Pete Times last week end about your speedo cyclist... enjoy.

kjc9640 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:25 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.