© 2017 by George C. Palaidis, Esq. 

March 1, 2019

At the start of the year, there were three bills in the Florida Legislature that sought to address a glaring problem: police could not stop a driver using a cell phone to text or otherwise while driving. The ban is only a secondary offense under the current law, and po...

January 23, 2019

The 2019 Florida Legislative Session begins on March 5, 2019, and from now until the end of session I'll be posting updates and information on the status of bills that may effect bicyclists. In these updates there will be links to the information on the bills that I ha...

January 19, 2019

There are identical bills in both the House and Senate of the Florida Legislature this session that would for the first time provide meaningful protection and justice for pedestrians and bicyclists injured and killed in crashes with automobiles.

House Bill 71, filed by ...

January 16, 2019

I was recently asked if cyclists in Florida could wear headphones while riding their bikes. Of course I had to answer it in the usual lawyerly way: “It depends.”

The reason why I had to answer like that is because the law itself is somewhat ambiguous.

Let me first begin...

January 10, 2019

After a 2018 full of tragedy for cyclists and pedestrians, 2019 begins with hope that Florida’s laws will finally catch up with other states regarding distracted driving. This year begins with three bills filed in the Florida Legislature seeking to tackle the toothless...

December 4, 2018

Time and again, I hear people ask me why cyclists are in the road and if they are even allowed to ride there. I've personally had many yell at me while riding telling me to get out of the road. So, what are the rules of the road when it comes to cyclists? 

Put simply, F...

November 26, 2018

It's been a little over 24 hours since a car plowed through a group of 15 cyclists from Cycling Family Broward in Davie, Florida.  One cyclist, wife and mother of two Denise Marsh, was killed. As of the time of writing this, another 6 cyclists are injured with one in c...

July 17, 2018

Colorado joined Idaho and Delaware in passing legislation that would allow cyclists the option of making an "Idaho Stop" at intersections. But what's an "Idaho Stop"?

The "Idaho Stop" began, of course, in Idaho in 1982. It allows cyclists at an intersection to treat a s...

July 12, 2018

Virginia Tech's Helmet Lab just recently released its first set of safety ratings for bicycle helmets, and everyone should go take a look. Riders are constantly vigilant in looking out for their safety, so it's surprising that it took this long to get a comprehensive l...

December 27, 2017

My recent letter to the editor of the Sun Sentinel addressed the lack of safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists, and even motorists on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Read the letter here.

 

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