Bicycle Accidents: Rental Bikes & Tourists
The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization has joined officials in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties in pushing cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and tourism activity. With that emphasis comes a responsibility to provide the ordinances, infrastructure and enforcement necessary to keep riders safe on the road.
Fort Lauderdale Bicycle Accident Lawyer Richard Ansara focuses on providing legal representation to bicyclists and pedestrians who are seriously injured or killed in an accident. Whether a tourist, a seasonal resident or a full-time Floridian, The Ansara Law Firm will fight for the compensation you deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. We understand the challenges and issues unique to bicycling and pedestrian accidents. And we know about the difficulty of trying to pursue justice for a tourism accident after returning home.Rental Bicycle Accidents in Fort Lauderdale
Broward B-Cycle was launched in December 2011 in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach – marking the first county bike-sharing program in the nation. Officials laud it as an affordable, clean and simple way to get about town. The county’s five-year plan will add 600 cycles at 50 rental stations.
Riders purchase an online membership and then visit any B-station, choose a bike and go. Bikes can be returned to any station in the city. Promoters say variable speeds, adjustable seats, baskets and fender skirts are all aimed at keeping riders safe and making the bicycles more convenient. Prices start at $5 for a 24-hour pass. Weekly, monthly and annual passes are also available, making the program convenient for tourists and residents alike.
With this renewed emphasis on cycling as a publicly supported mode of transportation comes an obligation to ensure that the bike lanes and other infrastructure are in place to keep riders safe. Law enforcement must also remain committed to cracking down on aggressive or careless drivers who put riders at risk every day on our roads. Likewise, rental companies have an obligation to provide safe equipment and to ensure those renting cycles are qualified to do so.
These common sense requirements extend to smaller rental shops on islands and in other niche markets. Whether renting buggies, bicycles, mopeds are scooters, tourists have an expectation of renting safe equipment in an area suitable for riding.
Recreational bicycling is also available at a dozen area parks:
- Brian Piccolo Park
- Central Broward Regional Park
- Markham Park
- Quiet Waters Park
- Tradewinds Park
- T.Y. Park
- West Lake Park
- C.B. Smith Park
- Hollywood North Park
- Plantation Heritage Park
- Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park
- Tree Tops Park
- Vista View Park
Several parks offer rentals of bicycles or handcycles. Also, BiKE Broward offers an interactive bicycle route-planning tool.
If you are coping with the aftermath of a bicycle accident in Fort Lauderdale, contact The Ansara Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call toll free (888) 267-2728 – 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Serving all of Broward County, including Weston, Sunrise, Miramar, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Coral Springs.
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