Florida Is One of the Most Dangerous Places in America to Ride a Bike, Study Says

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Ghost bike memorials, like this one to cyclist Christophe LeCanne in 2010, have become all too common in Miami.
You might want to just stay in your SUV forever, Miami. Days after a study found that Florida cities dominated the list of America's deadliest for pedestrians (with the Magic City clocking in fourth place), a new report has been released on the most dangerous locales in the U.S. for cyclists.

Yep, the stats show that the Sunshine State is a terrifyingly deadly place for the two-wheeled set.

See also: Miami Ranked Fourth Most Dangerous Metro for Pedestrians

The new evidence comes via the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), which sought to augment spotty federal data on cycling deaths by compiling every fatality nationwide between February 2011 and February 2013.

Many states, including Florida, have no clear mandate to track bicycle deaths the way they do car fatalities, which means LAB had to rely largely on media reports. Still, using that information, the league was able to crunch some eye-opening data on the 628 cyclists killed in that period.

Among LAB's surprising findings are that rear-end crashes are routinely deadly for bikers, accounting for 40 percent of all fatal accidents; T-hit wrecks are the second-most fatal at just 10 percent.

But it's this chart that should open eyes in Florida. Unlike the rest of the study, the chart did rely on federal data and compared cyclist deaths to the average number of cycling commuters.

Via League of American Bicyclists
Florida's six fatalities per one million residents is almost double the next closest state, Arizona. And its 21.7 fatalities per 10,000 bike commuters dwarfs the second deadliest state on the list, Texas.

In a city that's seen its share of tragic deaths in the past several years -- including two horrific crashes on the Rickenbacker Causeway involving impaired drivers -- those numbers don't seem at all out of line.

If Sunshine State cyclists are looking for even a mild silver lining, LAB's latest "Bicycle Friendly" state rankings put Florida in the middle of the pack at number 28. Despite the high number of fatalities, the state gets points for cyclist and driver education programs and improving state policies.

Here's the full report:

Bike Report 1

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87 comments
Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, sure!, they get in the way of our drunken, pot smoking, cocaine sniffing driving! GEEZ, wth are they complaining about? Get OFF the road Cyclists!, we look at you like targets in a videogame! :) LOL LOL LOL

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

That's because bicycles don't belong on a traffic way designed for motor vehicles

Shirley Munoz
Shirley Munoz

The cyclists are the worst here. Don't ride in the bike lanes, push people off the sidewalks, ride the wrong way or side by side on the road. They do so with impunity.

Mauricio Andino
Mauricio Andino

Thank you, people do forget there is a life in top if that bike.

Marcia Lopes
Marcia Lopes

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Cristina Moutella
Cristina Moutella

The flu is going away. But I still need transplants to survive. I only got half the money we need. :-( I wanna get out of this hospital. I wanna go home. I wanna live!!! And I know you can help me. :-)

Eileen Pollack Brennan
Eileen Pollack Brennan

Maybe if bike routes were planned along roads with room for them on the side as in San Francisco then bikers would be more agreeable and drivers would not want so badly to crowd them. Also, if you possess a pair of bike shorts that are twenty years old and drive right next to my window with your spandex see through drawers, well....

Darla Powell
Darla Powell

I'm guessing it also has way more bike traffic so.....

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Well said Philip Gadala! You don't see this nonsense in Massachusetts! Not in the small towns definitely not in Boston! Have trails there parks etc. Miami does too. The cyclists are kamikaze here! The laws a death trap! Tell me why is it legal to ride a tiny bike at 35 mph with motor vehicles yet an ATV or dirt bike capable of 70 mph can not because "not street legal" really??? Flori- DUH! Makes no sense a lane full of cyclists can dangerously slow street traffic

Scott Paaso
Scott Paaso

I ride on the daily stay alert be awere (fixed gear) stay in your lanes

Massiel Cuellar
Massiel Cuellar

theres a reason for that. mostly the bikers and pedestrians fault. many are assholes and just run stop sign, red lights, cross streets w/o looking, dont stay in their designated areas, but get mad at drivers when they do this.

Raul Gamarra
Raul Gamarra

Some cyclists are just assholes. Ride in a line, not side to side taking a whole lane. The other day, a group of 20 were riding by Tamiami airport taking a whole lane and their friend in a van filming on the whole thing in the other lane all at 35 mph...

Sarah Scoufaris
Sarah Scoufaris

and the island of Cyprus is the most dangerous place to ride a bike in the WORLD!!!

Rodney Carr
Rodney Carr

Nobody know the. Rules and everybody can't see Shit.

Synergy13
Synergy13

It's so dangerous for bicyclists because they don't follow the law; running red lights, hitting pedestrians when they have a damn private bike lane, driving on sidewalks then darting into traffic, passing cars in between lanes. Picking and choosing the laws to follow is dangerous. I have very little respect for bicyclists here!

Philip Gadala-Maria
Philip Gadala-Maria

It's dangerous because the riders mask their arrogant truculence with the warm hearted notion of sharing the road. No. There are certain areas that are designated for bikers and others that aren't, bikers blazingly don't follow those rules and on some weird adrenaline high think they can bogart a road and drivers should bend to their will. Sorry the world doesn't work that way, if you're dumb enough to be biking were you shouldn't and you think you're above social order then you put yourself at a high risk of being in a critical accident cuz that chic texting her friend riding an SUV at 50 early Sunday morning doesn't care how cool you think you are or how awesome it feels for you to whisk through Miami streets without a care in the world she might not see you or your stupid bike and that could be the last arrogant Sunday morning you ever enjoy. So yeah riders snap out of it your bike doesn't entitle you to be an asshole.

Grace Conde
Grace Conde

Dayana Munoz read this when you get a chance.

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aminabakerelu

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Jferever Dilligaf Gonz
Jferever Dilligaf Gonz

I just carry a gun and shoot out car tires if they get too close #standyourground #warningshots

Paula Parztelnik
Paula Parztelnik

As a driver and biker I think all of us should slow down ... The person riding a bike is a mom or a dad or a friend .... Is a human with love ones just like the car driver ... Please just respect the the 3 ft and slow down just a little .... Won't hurt a bit .

Steve Swafford
Steve Swafford

Just because you ride a bike does not give you the right of way. You would think your caution flag would be high to avoid traffic..but i see you all riding in the middle of the street..with a sidewalk available to your right with no peds walking..and your back to aproaching traffic and you dont even take the time to turn your heads to view the car..none wear helmets..NO SYMPATHY ..

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

So now that they are finishing the Bear Cut bridge (between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne) there is a separate wide two way bike lane that is protected from traffic by a big concrete wall. (go city!) I drive by it almost every day. Most the recreational bikers use it. but the Tour de France wannabes still ride in the traffic lane on the bridge which seems completely insane. Especially with the construction and the smaller lanes and changing traffic patterns on the bridge's approach to accommodate the construction. I just don't understand why someone would do that. Do they have some weird sense of entitlement or something? When one of them gets killed it will be hard to feel sorry for them.

Marlon De Leon
Marlon De Leon

the biggest problem i have encountered on my bike commutes to and from work are idiots quickly pulling out of parking lots with out stopping at their white line to look both ways. got clippedt in the rear wheel by a guy in a red late 90's BMW convertible pulling out of a walgreens parking lot.. i went crashing into the ground.. guy simply pull out and drove away another instance. a guy pulled out of a parking lot and i crashed into the side of his car even after hitting my breaks. it's happened like so 3 other times

Mike Alexander
Mike Alexander

I used to commute to work by bicycle- no bus stop within almost 5 miles of my job, and got hit by three different cars in a 14 month period. One didn't do any damage, even though he cut me off to pull into a gas station. I ended up riding up his back bumper and wiping out. But the cop threatened me with a ticket if I pressed charges because he didn't understand bike law. The fact that had I been in a car, and the same incident would be cause for an arrest (my tire tread was visible in the dirt on his car) was irrelevant. Another driver shot out of a parking lot and busted my front wheel because she couldn't be bothered to look both ways. The one that made me quit riding was a college student ignoring the stop sign out of the neighborhood, sending me up the passenger window and down the hood. Broken rim and a trip to the hospital. All of this is in Broward. Only marginally safer than Dade, but no less populated by morons who can't be bothered to pay attention to anyone else. And don't forget the people who intentionally swerve into the bike lane, or honk and swear at bikers. Sure, there are bad bicyclists out there, but you can kill me because you're a fucking child having a tantrum.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

If I ride, it's always against traffic on Old Cutler Road or heading to Key Biscayne. With all these coked-out texting idiots, at the wheel?! No thanks, I rather walk.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

This is the only city where people ride at night, all decked in black thru poor lit roads... Namely? Fountainebleau, Doral, South Miami avenue into the Grove & Brickell, them hoods, etc.

Randy Peters
Randy Peters

Pedro Torres lee Lee Elmslie be careful out there

Gianni Danielle
Gianni Danielle

Guy Clark I've been hit so I'm already boosted to "gangster rider" status... watch yourself.

raysevilla
raysevilla

just because you're a fat piece of shit doesn't entitle you to anything. i hope you're so fat you can't do anything and just eat mcdonalds, i'm sure thats what you normally do anyway. 

Synergy13
Synergy13

I don't think irate bicyclists are reading this either. Note, " (they) must obey the same laws as motorists", they are "drivers". It's a two-way street!!! Just saying.

Synergy13
Synergy13

Is that when you're weaving in between traffic or running a red light? Or should pedestrians carry a gun to shoot your tires too?

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