March is Florida Bicycle Month, a time to encourage the use of bicycles for transportation, recreation and exercise. March was selected because of its great weather in Florida. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its FL511 team remind motorists to share the road with bicycles in March and year-round.
Bicycling is very popular in Florida for many reasons: it is a fun source of recreation, good exercise, helps people maintain a proper weight and is an inexpensive form of transportation. For many people, it may be their only form of transportation. Bicyclists can be found on both urban and rural roads and are all ages. Bicycles include road bikes, comfort bikes, off-road bikes, e-bikes (electronic bikes) and others.
A bicycle is considered a vehicle and bicyclists follow the same rules of the road as automobiles, with a few small exceptions. FDOT and its FL511 team remind motorists to watch for bicycles. Children and youth especially can dart out into the road. A bicycle is no match for a car. If a collision occurs, the bicyclist almost always is more seriously injured than the driver of an automobile.
Another way to reduce the chance of bicycle collisions and injury is to use Florida 511 before a trip. Check current road conditions which include incidents, blocked roads, congestion, weather and many other factors. Never text behind the wheel. Know before you go with real-time traffic info 24/7 on FL511. For more information, visit FL511.com.