With its great weather, beautiful beach fronts, and heavy pedestrian traffic, Miami is a great city for bicyclists. Yet simply because the city lends itself well to bicycle traffic does not mean that bike riders do not still face risks on the road. In fact, according to the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan released by the state’s Department of Transportation in 2013, Miami-Dade County saw nearly 2500 bicycle injuries and fatalities between 2007 and 2011. Bicyclists are already at an inherent disadvantage when on the road with motorists, and thus both should be mindful of each in the hopes of avoiding a collision.
While the job of accident avoidance doesn’t fall primarily to bicyclists, they should still be aware of how to best position themselves on the road in relation to vehicles as well as other bicyclists. According to the Florida State Statutes, the state’s bicycle regulations cover the requirements for ideal positioning while on the road. For example, when riding on a one-way roadway, a bicyclist is required to ride as close to the left-hand curb as possible.