Monday, May 9, 2011

City of Miami making strides to ease auto congestion and improve environment

The Miami Herald reports that the government of Holland has dispatched experts to advise the city of Miami on bicycle accommodations and cycling transportation. These experts are advising the city on ways to implement safe bicycle lanes, connected bikeways and overall refitting of roadways to allow for ease in bicycle safety and transportation.

By working with the Dutch government, the City of Miami is making a serious step forward towards easing traffic congestion and grid lock. As many know, Holland has more bicycles than people and s and bicycles have priority over cars. Who better, then, than the Dutch to advise Miami on how to turn this city into a place where people will gladly and safely get on their bicycles? A place where school children and business men alike use bicycles as a primary form of transportation.

There is no doubt that the current reluctance towards the use of bicycles in Miami is related to concerns over safety. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that in 2009, over 4000 persons were injured in bicycle accidents in the State. The nonprofit group Transportation for America reports that the state of Florida is one of the top states for accidents involving both bicyclists. The group goes on to report that 9 out of the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas are located in Florida. This includes Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville.

For Miami , the strategy is to integrate a network of bike-lanes that promote the use of bicycles for all activities. According to Miami attorney Ruth E. Johnson, this is a clear effort to increase bicycle safety and reduce the number of cars on the road by encouraging cycling as a primary means of transportation.

Miami bicycle accident attorney Ruth Johnson of Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson is closely watching the evolution of this bicycle friendly initiative and is excited about its outcome for the residents of Miami and the city’s environment as a whole.

Attorney Johnson states that although bicycle accident statistics are currently high for the area, this is a positive step in the right direction. She goes on to indicate that victims of such accidents require the experience, knowledge and skill of a personal injury lawyer experienced in injury and tort laws.

Johnson is called upon often by victims of accidents to assist in these matters in South Florida. Contact Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson at: 8925 SW 148 Street Suite 200 Miami FL 33176 (305) 720 2086.