The Cape Coral Police Department wants bicyclists and motorists alike to be safe while riding or driving in Cape Coral. March is Florida Bicycle Month, and the department is teaming with the Florida Department of Transportation to educate people about ways they can stay safe on the roadways.
THE CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO REMIND YOU THAT:
- Bicyclists must ride with the flow of traffic on the roadway (same direction).
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet when riding a bicycle.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists should not wear headphones or talk on their cell phones.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists should cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections when possible and obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
- Bicyclists should have their bicycle equipped with a white light on the front visible from a distance of 500 feet and a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet, between sunset and sunrise during operation.
- Bicyclists operating on the roadway are subject to obeying all traffic control devices to include stop signs and lighted traffic signals.
- Bicyclists operating upon a sidewalk or crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.
SOME UNSAFE DRIVER BEHAVIOR ASSOCIATED WITH PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE VIOLATIONS, CRASHES AND FATALITIES INCLUDE:
- Speeding (5 MPH can make the difference between types of injuries)
- Failure to stop for red lights or stop signs
- Failure to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
- Distracted driving
- Blocking crosswalks
- Turning on permitted light (green signal) but not looking for pedestrian properly crossing in a crosswalk- Right and Left turn crashes with pedestrians.
Information based on the following: Florida State Statutes F.S.S. 316.130 Pedestrians; traffic regulations (1 through 18) and F.S.S. 316.2065 Bicycle regulations (1 through 19).