CALL GOVERNOR CRIST TODAY TO VETO HB 971
HB 971 Bad for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Unbeknownst to Florida Bicycle Association, a mandatory bike lane use provision was included in the Highway Safety. Call Governor Crist as soon as you can to ask him to veto this bill.
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: (850) 488-7146
Mighk Wilson, Smart Growth Planner in Orlando, explains why it's bad for bicyclists.
In part, "Motorists who learn of the bill will have one more very strong excuse to
harass cyclists who "aren't in the bike lane."
"There are many striped-off areas of roadways that are not really bike lanes, but some believe they are.
"They will also likely be ignorant of all the exceptions to the law (because
they'll hear it second hand) and even if they read it in full, they won't
understand many of the good reasons cyclists need to leave bike lanes.
Also, "Many bike lanes are substandard in width, force cyclists into door zones, or are improperly placed to the right of right-turn-only lanes, but many officers don't
understand these problems.
Motorists get another new excuse when they hit a cyclist: "He left the bike
Why it's bad for pedestrians:
"It's bad enough that pedestrians have to suffer parked cars blocking
sidewalks, being blasted by sprinklers, sidewalk bicyclists who don't
announce themselves when passing, and thousands of other nuisances, now
they'll have to share stretches of sidewalk in some jurisdictions with
motorized vehicles. Local governments will be able to permit mopeds,
golf-carts, motorized scooters and other vehicles which don't belong on
sidewalks and on "bike paths." The law limits such vehicles to 15 mph, but
how will that be enforced?