Another reminder of how much work needs to be done to make our state truly safe for bicyclists. Great quotes from West Palm Beach DDA Director Raphael Clemente.
There is safety in numbers, and the more people we can get bicycling in our downtown, the better off we will be. It’s crucial we begin to create an integrated bicycle network in and around downtown West Palm Beach, as shown in the Jeff Speck study (see page 67 of the PDF). This network would provide safe, useful, comfortable facilities for bicyclists to use as transportation in and around downtown, as well as connections for riding bikes along the waterfront and to the town of Palm Beach. A shortlist of benefits:
- Support SkyBike
- Increased tourism
- Safer streets for all users
- Supports non-vehicular modes of transportation which help the city reduce air pollution and meet Transportation Currency Exception Area (TCEA) goals
- Helps reduce driving and helps residents live car-free or car-light. More circulation of money into the local economy and increased household savings
Even with very little to no bicycle facilities on our streets in downtown West Palm Beach, the mode share of bicyclists is significant and likely underrepresented. Let’s build on this positive trend by supporting the nascent bicycling scene with a network of bike facilities to allow residents and tourists to bike from bridge to bridge on safe and comfortable facilities. This would be a tremendous benefit to our City.
Story: The Palm Beach Post
A recent study told Joseph LaRocca what the pavement had already painfully taught him: Florida is the most dangerous state for bicycle riding.
In January, a car struck the 65-year-old cyclist while on his way to the gym, leaving him with lasting injuries and unable to get back on his bike. A study released by the Center for Disease Control on Thursday reveals that accidents like LaRocca’s are common in Florida.