Bike Walk Lee recently reported the results of a public safety campaign conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol and Fort Myers Police Department. The report highlights specific goals for Lee County as well as problem areas that need to be addressed to implement safer roads for pedestrians and cyclists.
Three things stood out in the report that was unsettling. First, in 2014 there were 524 total crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the area, twenty-five of those were fatal. That’s the equivalent of a commuter plane crash. Sadly there is little public outcry because it happens incrementally.
The report also identified that the most deadly day of the week was Wednesday and the most dangerous time of day was the afternoon hours. This shows a link between the number of drivers on the road and accidents involving pedestrians/cyclists.
Finally, the report identified the following major roadways in the Fort Myers area that continuously have the most pedestrian/cyclists accidents.
- U.S. 41 (Cleveland Avenue)
- State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd)
- Lee Blvd
- Estero Blvd
- State Road 78 (Bayshore Road)
It is important to be able to identify which roadways in your area are historically the most dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists and be extra cautious when on them. Being aware of your surroundings and potential dangers is paramount to avoiding an accident. If you are involved in a pedestrian or cycling accident and are unsure of what to do, request a free copy of our Florida Accident Pedestrian Guide or our Florida Bicycle Accident Handbook.
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