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May 2016
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Motorcycle Awareness Month | National Bike Month | Thank you Florida 511! | Florida Events in May | 511 Photo of the Month
Motorcycle Awareness Month
Use 511 to Safely Share the Road

Motorcycle Awareness Month reminds drivers to review the laws about sharing the road with motorcyclists and to spread the Share the Road safety message to friends, co-workers and family members.

It’s also a great time to start utilizing all of the safety tools that Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System provides motorists and motorcyclists alike. Safety tools such as real-time traffic updates and travel alerts. Learn about incidents, emergencies, and important alerts by taking advantage of the entire 511 Traveler Information System. The more you know before you head out, the safer the roads are for everyone.

Make sure you know how to safely share the road with motorcyclists before hitting the road.

Safety tips for Sharing the Road:

Check Box Call 511, visit FL511.com, or check the 511 mobile app before driving
Check Box Create custom alerts for your trip at My Florida 511 before leaving
Check Box Always wear a safety belt or helmet
Check Box Drivers should remember to look twice at intersections before turning
Check Box When passing a motorcycle, give a full lane to the motorcycle. Do not share lanes!
Check Box Drivers should look for a helmet above, tires below or a shadow alongside a vehicle that they cannot see around
Check Box Watch out when turning left because most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve left turns at intersections
Check Box Make sure to always signal when changing lanes to ensure the motorcycle rider knows what action you intend to take
Check Box Remember that failing to yield right of way can result in the death or serious injury of a motorcyclist
Check Box Check blind spots before changing lanes
Check Box Don’t drink and drive and ride
Check Box Be aware of the traffic around you and expect to see motorcycles
Check Box Leave at least a four-second distance between your car and a motorcycle in front of you. Note when a motorcycle passes a point in the road. If your vehicle passes the same point in less than four seconds, you’re following too closely
Check Box Make sure to observe and obey all traffic laws, signs and signals
Check Box Stay attentive and focused because distracted driving is a major cause of car-motorcycle crashes
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National Bike Month
511 Helps you have a Safer Bike Commute
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Not only do motorists share the road with motorcyclists, they share the road with cyclists too! One thing is for sure, roadways in Florida are filled with all types of vehicles and it’s important to know how to share the road in a safe way with all of them.

National Bike Month celebrates the growing population of cyclists throughout the country and encourages communities to host bike to work events and bike challenges that will inspire people to give cycling a try. If you are biking to work or school, make sure you download the 511 mobile app and sign-up to receive customized alerts for your commute through My Florida 511. Making sure you know what’s going on with the roadways before you head out on your bike can help you safely arrive at your destination.

Before you gear up and head out, check out these sites to have a safer bike commute. Reviewing the laws, safety tips, and being aware of roadway conditions ahead of time, can help you arrive safely and on time.

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Thank you Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

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  “Thank you Florida 511 for saving me from adding an extra hour on my drive.”

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  - Amy (Fort Lauderdale)
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  “I checked Florida 511 before I left for work and avoided issues on the highway. Thanks Florida 511.”

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  - Brian (Orlando)
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  “Florida 511 just saved my commute. Good app!”

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  - Bob (Tallahassee)
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Florida Events in May

May is filled with fantastic events throughout Florida that attract visitors from out of state as well as get residents to travel far distances to enjoy these unforgettable experiences. In addition to these great events, the end of May brings us Memorial Day, which has become a popular weekend to get away and travel to area beaches. But, no matter what gets you on the road this May, don’t forget to visit FL511.com before you head out. It’s better to know before you go, to arrive safely and on time.

May 4–May 8
21st Annual Key West Songwriters Festival
The largest songwriter's festival in the world, which begins with a kick-off party on Ocean Key Sunset Pier, returns for its 21st year. The five-day festival features over 200 performers and over 50 shows in the heart of Key West.
May 7
To celebrate National Bike Month, St. Augustine cyclists are biking for a good cause at TourdeCure. The event is held in 40 states and is the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising event. The tour raises over $29 million annually to help fund diabetes research.
May 7–May 8
Fort Lauderdale Air Show
After a three-year absence the Fort Lauderdale Air Show finally makes its return to South Florida. The two-day show’s line-up features fan favorites like the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team.
May 8–May 12
Invictus Games
For the first time in its history the Invictus Games will be played in the United States. The international Paralympic-style multi-sport event includes wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans. The games will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
May 10–May 15
The Players Championship
The five-day tournament will feature the top 50 players in the world rankings. Defending champion Rickie Fowler is currently ranked #4 in the world and set a tournament record last year for playing the final four holes in 5-under par.
May 20
Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival
The largest beer festival in North Florida takes place from 4-10 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Over 40 participating breweries will be there bringing over 300 beers to taste.
May 30
Memorial Day Carillion Concerts
The Bok Tower Gardens National Historic Landmark features a musical salute on Memorial Day at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in appreciation of our nation’s veterans and current members of our armed forces. Free admission is offered to active, retired and disabled veterans of all military branches with a valid ID.
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511 Photo of the Month

Dynamic Message Signs public service announcement on I-10 in Tallahassee (Courtesy of Chester Chandler)

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