We are about to enter a time when bicycle commuting would be even more mainstream in Florida. Just like they always do, a new silicon valley startup, LimeBike is about to enter Miami and would offer yet another means of renting a bike as you commute through work and other daily activities. Miami is on its way to becoming one of the most prominent biking destinations in the country with the likes of Citi Bikes already in operation and growing fast.
While Citi Bikes has a dock station where users are expected to pick up and return their bikes thereafter, LimeBike uses an app, which customers are required to download and then look up the locations of bikes that are currently not in use as well as well the walking distance between them and the bike. When they get to the bike, they can unlock it from their app, take it for a ride and also drop it off after use.
They have a presence in North Bay Village, Biscayne and are looking to expand into Broward County. Students can get a bike for as low as 50 cents per hour while non-students would have to pay $1 per hour. They also offer monthly memberships which cost $30 for 100 bike rides.
With the surge in the number of bike riders, it is important to note that bicycle lanes aren’t one of the amenities in Florida and personal accident attorneys have become even more in demand. While the complete streets initiative is working towards making bicycle available, Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in the country.
In 2015 alone, about 818 bicyclists lost their lives while another 45,000 were injured across the United States.
In Florida alone, 5.1 percent of the total traffic death was recorded as 150 bicycle fatalities were reported. The City also has 1 bicycle death per 1 million people, with the national average set at 2.5. It is one of the urban cities were fatal bicycle accidents tend to occur often. According to the Miami times, about 47 bicyclists lost their lives between 2010 and 2014, with another 3,600 injured. In that period of time, there was a spike of about 260% in the number of deaths in Miami-Dade, with injuries also increasing by 34%. This can be attributed to the fact that roads in Florida have not been built with consideration of pedestrians and bicyclists in mind, and drivers of fast moving cars also do not consider the fact that they share the roads with the bicyclists.
With so many accidents occurring, it has become essential to consider victims of Bicycle accident. It has not been easy to obtain compensation for bike crash victims, however, with the help of a personal injury attorney, it is very possible.