This is truly an amazing piece of outstanding journalism, first-rate writing/story-telling, in-depth data analysis, heart-wrenching stories of cyclists who have been killed on SWFL roads in the past year, thought-provoking questions for our community from guest opinion writers, and an excellent editorial calling for specific actions by both our local and state officials. The outstanding quality of this work should convince even those who feel their roadway behavior doesn't affect others to be something they should reconsider, whether they are behind the wheel or handlebars. This kind of deep reporting, storytelling, education and connection with our community has the power to save lives.
We hope you will take the time to read these articles, join the community conversation online, through social media, and letters to the editor. Take this as a call to action, contacting our local officials and state legislators asking them to act, take Sarah Owen's challenge to "come together to form our own bright orange flag moments," or be inspired by Tessa to teach your child to ride a bike or walk to school. There's something each and everyone of us can do to make a difference.
by Darla Letourneau
Below are links to all the articles in News-Press Sunday 3/8/15 Bike Safety Feature:
Also listen to the related 3/18 WGCU/Gulf Coast Live: Improving Safety for Florida Bicyclists.
read BWL's 3/19 guest opinion in response:BWL Guest Opinion:Responsibility for safety falls on road users.Read BikeWalkLee's previous columns re: how to respond to this spotlight on biking fatalities:
BWL June 26, 2014 Column: responding to biking fatalities by redoubling efforts to make it safer
This excellent BikeWalkLee column (written by Ken Gooderham of BWL), appeared in the June 26, 2014 News-Press "Go Coastal" section (and somehow is missing from our blog and was re-posted on 3/9/15), was our response to the initial News-Press feature by Janine Zeitlin about how to respond to the spotlight on biking fatalities. Its message is worth reading again after the March 8, 2015 series...."we hope people (and policy makers) read coverage such as this and decide that we need to make this a safer place to bike and walk".