Clearwater, FL, March 18, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Pinellas County engineers are conducting a study on how to increase sidewalk safety for Pinellas County residents. The engineers are currently studying how to best update sidewalks for cyclists. The sidewalks were originally created only for pedestrians and are becoming hazardous for both cyclists and pedestrians.
The engineers, along with the Pinellas Community Traffic Safety Team, of which Jim Dodson is a member, met on Thurs., March 7, 2013 to discuss improvements to bicycling safety. Jim Dodson Law recently partnered with local bike commuter, David Sandman, to increase public awareness of the “3 feet Please” law in Florida by having decals placed on all Largo police cruisers to remind drivers of their responsibility to allow three feet of clearance when passing a cyclist on the road.
The new updates will provide a safer place for both cyclists and pedestrians, who will no longer have to share sidewalks after the updates are made. Pedestrians currently fear being run over by cyclists, and cyclists fear sidewalk accidents because the current sidewalks are not smooth enough for their bicycles and not wide enough for safe, simultaneous sidewalk traffic.
Robert Davis, a Pinellas County engineer and Bicycle Advisory Committee member, will lead the project, which has been using radar guns to determine the speed most cyclists travel on the sidewalks. The common speed Davis and his fellow engineers report cyclists to be traveling is 12 mph for both children and adults. Pinellas County’s sidewalk updates will commence after the study is complete.
“I endorse the Florida Department of Transportation’s mission to increase bicycle safety, and I applaud their study and commitment to improving cycling safety in the state of Florida,” said Jim Dodson, an avid cyclist, cyclist safety advocate, and bicycle injury lawyer.
If you would like tips on how to best protect yourself while cycling or you have been involved in a cycling accident, please visit http://dodsonbicyclelaw.com/, request a free copy of Jim’s book, The Florida Accident Handbook, or call Kati Jones at 727-446-0840.