CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As new bike lanes are planned all over Coral Springs, a proposed legislative bill in Florida would require drivers to “move over” as they pass bicyclists and pedestrians in protected bike lanes.
Florida Rep. Christine Hunschofsky (D-Parkland) has filed a bill to expand Florida’s 2002 Move Over Law and require drivers overtaking a bicyclist traveling in a bike lane to pass at a safe distance of at least three feet.
The bill would also require drivers passing bicyclists or pedestrians occupying the same travel lane to move out of the lane or stay at a safe distance until the driver can safely pass them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida is the deadliest state in the country for bicyclists, and Broward County is one of the top-ranking counties in Florida for bike accident fatalities, Hunschofsky said in a news release.
“This is not a statistic we want to be a leader in, and I am pleased to be working towards mitigating this,” Hunschofsky said. “Passing this legislation is a good step to improving public safety in Florida.”
Her bill (605: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety) unanimously passed Tuesday a second subcommittee at the Florida House of Representatives.
The legislation is being considered as bike lanes will be part of new road construction projects across Coral Springs, including:
- Wiles Road, from University Drive to Riverside Drive.
- Riverside Drive, from Sample Road to West Atlantic Boulevard.
- University Drive, from Sample Road to NW 40 Street (consider to start in 2023).
- NW 39 Street, from Coral Ridge Drive to NW 110 Avenue (considered to start in 2025).
- Coral Ridge Drive, from Southgate Boulevard to Wyndham Circle.
- Coral Springs Drive, from Wiles Road to Ramblewood Drive (considered to start in 2026).
Many of these projects are paid through a one-penny increase in Broward County’s sales tax that is intended to make better roads, increase public transportation options, and reduce traffic congestion.
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