Well, the awards just keep rolling in don’t they? What, with Miami’s 2008 ranking as one of three worst cities in America in which to bicycle, and now Florida climbing the ranks from the 2nd most deadliest to the most deadliest. While the City of Miami is working on their end of things, we can’t be so sure about the State.
The author of the linked article quotes Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, who states, “Because it’s a warm weather southern state, chances are good that more people are riding year-round.” That may be partially true, but it doesn’t explain how California — also a warm weather state and far more densely populated — managed less deaths. One could chalk this up to a chance year and a lot of riders, but one could also make the argument that roadway design in Florida is not well-tailored to cyclists or pedestrians, no matter the skill or age, and that the ubiquitous suburban land use patterns don’t help either.
Ride safe everyone. This is one #1 ranking we should be willing to quickly relinquish.
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