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FHP: More than 60 bicycle-related accidents reported in St. Johns in one year

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Updated: 11/11/2013 8:25 pm
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- According to the Florida Highway Patrol, it recorded 67 bicycle related accidents in St. Johns County in the past year alone.

The most recent accident left one man dead. The cycling community is now pushing for changes to make roads safer.

Bicyclist Ronald Wilkinson has had a few close calls while riding his bicycle.

"I flipped over the car. Luckily I rolled out of it and got nothing but a few bruised ribs," said Wilkinson.

A near-collision with a vehicle is a story cyclists seem to be all too familiar with.

"They'll pull out in front of you and a lot of times they won't even look," said Brad Wiant.

According to FHP out of the 67 reported bicycle-related accidents in St. Johns County this year, five of them were fatal.

The most recent crash claimed the life of Randy Wayne Miller, 43, who was hit on State Road 16 on his way home from work. FHP said the person who hit him didn't even stop to help.

The director of Velofest, a local cyclist advocacy group, Heather Neville said these stories are becoming all too common. They're determined to get to the bottom of why it's happening.

"It's like a triple play -- more people are on bikes, the infrastructure isn't really there, and there is a lot of lack of education. When you put those three things together, it's deadly at this point," said Neville.

Neville said she wouldn't ride her bike on certain St. Johns County roads even if they do have bike lanes.

Bicyclists we spoke to agree it's just too risky.

"It's a lot smoother on that bicycle lane, but it's a lot safer on the sidewalk," said Wiant.

Velofest will meet with St. Johns County leaders Tuesday to come up with a plan to make the roads safer for everyone.

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angels072258 - 11/12/2013 4:55 AM
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WE need more bicycle lanes and all bikes should have lights on them not just reflectors. People should wear helmets too.
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