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Helmet and bicycling laws in florida


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Helmet and bicycling laws in florida

  1. 1. Bicyclists on the Road In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have to obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles. Bicyclists are required to stop at signs and red lights, follow the flow of traffic, use lights at night and stop for pedestrians
  2. 2. Some Rules and Recent Law Changes As of 2012, bicycle lights are able to flash and bike riders are required to have at least one light A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat. A bicycle can not carry more people than it was designed for. Every bicycle must have brakes and these brakes have to allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour.
  3. 3. Helmet Laws Most kids only wear helmets, because their parent’s tell them they have too. Now, all cyclists under 16 must wear helmets. Parents are happy, because more kids will have to wear them, which leads to less teasing. Kids caught riding bikes without helmets will be given a $17 fine. The fine for a first offense can be waived by buying a bike helmet.
  4. 4. Statistics Wearing a bike helmet reduces the chance of head injury by 85 percent. 26 cyclists in Florida under the age of 16 were killed in collisions with cars. 2,393 were injured - most of them head injuries. Surveys of cyclists show that those most likely to wear helmets are adults. Those most likely to get injured or killed on a bike are people ages 10-15.
  5. 5. To Wear or Not To Wear? Kids don't wear helmets in fear of looking dorky or stupid. Some schools reward students that wear helmets with candy, toys, and free fast food coupons. Helmet wearing has gone up due too: Pressure from parents, TV influence, and more colorful designs.
  6. 6. Cost Prices at bike stores and specialty shops generally range from about $20 to $40. Helmets at discount stores typically go for $15 to $25. The Central Florida Chapter of the National Safety Council sells bike helmets at all its branches for about $10.
  7. 7. Accidents In 70 percent of police-reported bicycle-motor vehicle crashes, the cyclists involved had violated traffic rules. A national study showed that these violations were identified as common contributing factors in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes.
  8. 8. Cyclist’s Injured Riding against traffic on roadway............. 15% Failure to yield, entering roadway midblock . . . . 12% Failure to yield at stop or yield sign........... 10% Cycling at night without lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15% Failure to yield, signalized or uncontrolled intersection.............................. 7%
  9. 9. Florida Bicycle Helmet Statute 1. Any person propelling a human powered device has to wear a helmet. 2. Must be on the bikes seat.
  10. 10. 3a. Bikes are for one person. b. Children under 40lbs. can be carried in a child carrier attached to the bike. c. Rider must be in control of the bike to pull a child in the carrier. d. Rider under 16 must wear a helmet. e. Punishment: Verbal warning, citations, or fines.
  11. 11. 4. Bikes can not be attached to vehicles.
  12. 12. 5a. Ride on the right hand curb. 1. Go in the same direction as traffic. 2. When making left hand turns. 3. Stay in bike lanes. b. On a one way highway stay on the left side
  13. 13. Why Everyone Should Wear a Helmet g
  14. 14. Works Cited "Bicycle Traffic Law." Florida Bicycle Association. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <>. Florida Bicycle Association. "Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Law." Web. 14 Nov. 2013. < e_guide.pdf>.
  15. 15. Works Cited Cont. "Florida Bicycle Helmet Statute." Florida Bicycle Helmet Law. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. < htm>. Septer, Jonathan. "Florida's Bicycle Helmet Law | eHow." eHow. Demand Media, 5 May 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. < -bicycle-helmet-law.html>.
  16. 16. Works Cited Cont. Wessel, Harry. "A Guide To Florida's New Bikehelmet Law." Orlando Sentinel., 31 Dec. 1996. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <>.