BRADENTON, FL – According to Bradenton.com , a man died given the fact that he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the road at the intersection of 301 Boulevard East and First Street. The victim was identified as a 37-year-old man from Bradenton. The victim was taken to the Blake Medical Center where he was later declared dead.
The person operating the Nissan Altima that struck the cyclist did not sustain any injuries in the crash.
Florida is deadly for cyclists. The Sunshine State might seem inviting to cycling because it has warm weather all year round. However, the state’s roads are set up with drivers in mind, and not cyclists or pedestrians. The state has comparatively few protected bike lanes and roads that allow vehicles to travel at high speeds.
Florida is taking steps to lower the number of cyclist deaths that occur each year in Florida by implementing laws that protect cyclists and by installing some highly needed protected bike lanes.
Protected bike lanes use some form of barrier, such as a curb, parked vehicles, planters of posts to divide the lane designated for cycling from the lanes for traffic.
Installing protected bike lanes makes cycling a more viable transportation option which can decrease traffic congestion while also reducing vehicle emissions.
Many American cities are beginning to see the benefits of protected bike lanes. The city of Copenhagen is often used as a model for what is possible. The ultra-cyclist friendly city was not always so. In fact, in the 1960s, Copenhagen was auto-oriented. The city’s ability to transform itself is often used as an example of what is possible in cities across North America.
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