A 30-year-old West Palm Beach man struck the back end of a bicycle traveling in the same direction he was on Kirk Road in Palm Beach County earlier this week, fatally injuring the cyclist. The bike rider was thrown from his seat and landed on the hood of the driver's car.
The driver was stopped on another street that intersects with Kirk Road. Police had witnessed him driving recklessly and pulled him over on suspicion of impaired driving. Witnesses to the fatal bicycle crash reported the vehicles details, which matched those of the suspected impaired driver's car stopped by police.
While it may always be a beautiful time to bike in South Florida, motorists should be award of the heighted number of people traveling by bike during the summer season. Kids, tourists and even locals are more frequently getting out on two wheels to enjoy the Miami area.
Share the road signs should already be posted on roads frequently traveled by cyclists that do not already have a dedicated bike lane or are not wide enough to accommodate bike and car traffic at one time. On these roads, cyclists are entitled to the full use of the lane and cars should use the outside lane to pass when it is safe to do so.
When determining whether to pass a cyclist, consider whether it's immediately necessary. There may be upcoming opportunities that will be safer for both you and the cyclist to overtake the rider, such as:
- A stoplight-controlled intersection
- Stopped traffic or a stop sign
- A clearer opening in traffic that would allow you to pass easily
If you are exiting the roadway shortly, overtaking the cyclist may be unnecessary.
Cyclists can, but are not legally required to, ride on the shoulder of the road.
Source: WFLX, "Arrest made: Bicyclist killed after being struck by vehicle," June 17, 2013