Entries by Eric

FDOT Lip Service

I was going to write about the lip service that our FDOT Secretary, Anath Prasad, has been dishing out, but someone beat me to it. She lives in Cleveland, but she seems to know how things work here. If you haven’t heard, the FDOT paid $174,500 of the taxpayer’s money to have Alert Today Alive […]

Florida Bicycle Lane Law Changes Again

Further loosening of the lane use requirement. Underlining is what was added. HB-1223 which took effect on 1/1/2013 316.2065  Bicycle regulations.— (5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use […]

Plenty of Parking Available

Driving around this year has been pure misery. Sitting through two or three light changes is bad enough, but when it happens three or four times in a couple of miles, it gets on my nerves. So it was a real pleasure when my wife asked to go to the store for some last minute […]

Upside-down shirt cyclist arrested

INDIAN RIVER SHORES, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) — Police in Florida said they arrested a cyclist clad only in an upside-down shirt and boxer shorts who smelled like he had defecated on himself. The Indian River Shores Department of Public Safety said an officer on patrol Nov. 3 saw Sergey Smirnov, 54, swerve into oncoming […]

Insurance Company Plays Rough

Here’s an unusual case: Cyclist was riding the wrong way on the sidewalk and is hit by an exiting motorist. GEICO denies liability in Texas, claiming that the cyclist was a fault. Shades of things to come, or just an anomaly? Kyle, a junior, was riding westbound on the sidewalk in front of the school on […]

Orlando Makes the Top 100! Again!

It seems as though every morning brings us news about hit and run drivers, post offices run into, or fatal car crashes. After a while of reading these reports, it begins to make me wonder: Is it my imagination, or does Orlando have more dangerous drivers than an average city? According to one source, it’s […]

Another DZBL Death

Chicago — A bicyclist was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer early Friday on Chicago’s North Side, police said. The bicyclist, identified by a Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesperson as 32-year-old Neill Townsend, was riding south on the 900 block of Wells Street just before 9 a.m. when he swerved around an open car […]


Living in Winter Park, with all the bricked streets is an adventure. In addition to the crazily bumpy streets, due to the “designer bricks” that Winter Park insists on installing, there is another problem: flat tires. Broken glass gets stuck between the bricks and the sharp angles sometimes point up. This causes a lot of […]

A Slip of the Trip

From The Alachua County Today newspaper: HIGH SPRINGS – After considerable controversy and debate, High Springs City Commissioners and bicycle enthusiasts seem to have compromised about the downtown area’s decorative bike racks. Crafted in the likeness of Santa Fe River wildlife, the racks serve as functional art, Tom Hewlett, a member of the Yellow-bellied Sliders […]