Three Feet Please! It's the Law
City Celebrates Bike Week by Spreading Safety Message
May 05, 2014
In 2013, the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) reported 59 vehicular crashes involving bicycles. Of those, 38 were documented to have included injuries. To encourage safety among motorists and cyclists, the City of Tallahassee is holding on-street outreach on Wednesday, May 7, beginning at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Park Avenue and Blair Stone Road. During this outreach, staff will hand out safety brochures and measuring tapes, reminding both motorists and cyclists of Florida's three feet safe passing law. Several stationary bicycles will also be set up nearby to further illustrate the safe distance mandated by the state statute.
"As a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, we are continually working to make sure that Tallahassee's roads are safe and bicycle friendly," said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the Long Range Planning Target Issue Committee. "This outreach effort will help remind motorists and cyclists that they need to be respectful of one another to ensure that everyone makes it to their destination safely. This initiative is especially important in a community with so many young people."
The City's on-street outreach coincides with Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Week, taking place May 3 - 10. The goal of bike week is to celebrate cycling, while promoting mobility, environmental protection and public health. Several events throughout the week have been planned, including Bike to School Day on May 7 and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 9. The week-long focus on the two-wheel form of transportation will culminate on Saturday, May 10, with the Celebrate Cycling Bike Festival in Cascades Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family friendly event will include informative exhibits, group rides and a bicycle rodeo.
Throughout May, which is National Bike Month, the City will continue to promote cycling by sharing safety tips on it social networking pages, including Facebook.com/COTNews and Twitter.com/COTNews. To join the conversation, use #BikeMonth, #ShareTheRoad and #GetThereTogether.
Bicycling, whether to work or school, offers many benefits for both the cyclist and motorist. For cyclists, the two-wheel commute leads to a slimmer waist and financial savings. For motorists, it leads to cleaner air and less traffic congestion on the roadways. Sharing the road really benefits everyone.
Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Week is a collaborative effort coordinated by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Leon County Schools, Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) and Commuter Services of North Florida (CSNF). For a list of remaining bike week activities, please visit CommuterServices.org.
Misi Tuttle, Communications Department, 891-8533