Tag Archive: Florida

Florida county bans bicycles on connector road

Here we go again.

Manatee County, FL, officials have banned bicycles from 1.9-mile-long Hidden Valley Trail. The two-lane road is a low-traffic, east-west connection that’s a popular link used by bicyclists.

A brief history of bicycle advocacy shows that bicycle bans don’t stick. Just ask officials in Black Hawk, CO (“Victory! Colorado Supreme Court …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/08/florida-county-bans-bicycles-on-connector-road/

3 states consider bicycle bills requiring 3-foot passing; Nebraska considers ‘changing lanes’

State legislatures in Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota are considering bills this year that would require that motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing.

(March 19, 2015 — Other states considering passing laws — Alabama (SB 4 — 5 foot passing law passed Senate, goes to House; Massachusetts Bill H.3073 names bicyclists as vulnerable users and requires …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/22/2-states-consider-bicycle-bills-requiring-3-foot-passing/

U.S. Bicycle Route System grows by 2,000 miles in 2014

Traveling bicyclists can follow more than 8,000 miles of signed bicycle routes around the country after an association of state highway officials approved more than 2,000 miles of corridors in 2014.

The latest round of approvals in December by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials comprises 1,200 miles added to the U.S. Bicycle Route …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/26/u-s-bicycle-route-system-grows-by-2000-miles-in-2014/

A cross-country bicycle tour that’s for the birds

Dorian Anderson, PhD, was riding his bicycle around Sawgrass Lake County Park near St. Petersburg the other day. He’s a long way from his latest home in Boston, and he’s enjoying the warm weather.

He’s not interested in getting a tan, though, and he’s not much interested in the road, either.

Anderson is keeping his …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/19/a-cross-country-bicycle-tour-thats-for-the-birds/

Florida bicyclist left for dead, fights for recovery

The Florida bicyclist who was left for dead behind a trash bin by a hit-and-run driver last December has been hospitalized since the crash but is showing signs of improvement.

Doctors took Craig Camlin, 53, off a ventilator a week ago and he is breathing on his own, says a sister, Jayne Camlin. “This is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/18/florida-bicyclist-left-for-dead-fights-for-recovery/

Raising funds to repair memorial to fallen cyclists in Florida

In December 1996, the driver of a pickup truck crashed into a group of cyclists on a bike trip from Gainesville to St. Augustine. Two cyclists were killed — safe cycling advocates Margaret Raynal and Doug Hill — and four others injured.

Cycling activists say the tragic crash was a seminal event for bicycle advocacy in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/13/raising-funds-to-repair-memorial-to-fallen-cyclists-in-florida/

Bike Florida heads to speedway for 20th anniversary bike tour in 2014

Hey NASCAR. On yer left!

Eight hundred bicyclists are on the way!

At least that many cyclists are expected to ride a lap on the Daytona International Speedway next spring as one highlight in Bike Florida’s week-long bicycle tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

The March 22-28 ride — named the Magical History Tour — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/12/30/bike-florida-heads-to-speedway-for-20th-anniversary-bike-tour-in-2014/

“This bicycle trail sponsored by …”

Corporate sponsorships of biking and hiking trails may soon be a sign of the times in Florida.

The weak economy coupled with the reluctance to raise taxes to pay for public services has prompted Florida legislators to approve corporate sponsorships for trails in the sunshine state.

The bill — SB 268 — is sitting on the desk of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill enables sponsors to place one 16-square-foot sign in the parking lot or at the trailhead of the trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/19/this-bicycle-trail-sponsored-by/