ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In a recent report, Jacksonville was named the third most dangerous city for pedestrians and cyclists. This weekend, a 3-day event in St. Augustine called Velo Fest will raise awareness and funds for bicycle safety.
Velo is French for bike and the streets of St. Augustine are going to be filled with these two-wheelers this weekend.
Whether you bike for fun or transportation, you need to be aware of the dangers.
"We have a lot of collisions on the road," Velo Fest organizer Heather Neville said. "Especially in NE Florida which is one of the deadliest areas in the entire country for cycling and vehicle collisions."
And the problem nationwide is bigger than you might think.
"You only hear about the 600 cyclists that were killed last year, but you don't hear about the 50,000 involved in hit-and-run collisions."
This weekend, St. Augustine is hosting a 3-day event to bring awareness to the issue.
"It's a part of beginning that awareness process to start the education process next."
And that means educating both drivers and riders.
"Giving three feet when passing, riding with the flow of traffic."
Velo Fest is for professional riders, casual riders and even those who don't ride at all.
"It's a great thing for cyclists. It's a great thing for the community. And it's a great thing for those who don't like cyclists. It's important for all of us to embrace others and share the road that we have."
Those most at risk on a bike? Men between the ages of 35 and 40. They account for 70-percent of bicycle fatalities.
The festival is free. Visit the organization's website
to register for one of the rides.