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Misinformation regarding the bicycle path

March 28, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I was told that there was some misinformation quoted in your paper regarding the bicycle path on the island.

When there is a designated bike path/lane, Florida statutes require bikes to use it. We have that on Pine Island, therefore, bikes are not supposed to be on the roadway.

To quote how far motorized vehicles (bikes are legally considered vehicles when on the road) should be from them on Stringfellow Road is moot. They are not supposed to be there at all...

From the actual State Statute 316.2065, F.S.: (5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked for bicycle use, as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations ...."

There is a "lane" for bikes. It is called the bike path. Prudent peddlers should be on it. No matter who is at fault, if you are in a crash with a motorized vehicle, you are going to lose. You can be right...and you can be dead right.

We fought for years to get a bike path for the safety of bicycles, yet some don't want to use it. How dumb is that?

Before anyone accepts an amateur legal "opinion," it is always a good idea to verify it for yourself. That tactic certainly beats trying to argue with the deputy who is writing you a citation. "Some guy said it in the 'Eagle'" is not going to hold up in court!

Carolyn Wilson




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