Wednesday, July 2, 2008

FBA Launches Redesigned Websites

And the FBA Blog Moves to a New Home

How do you like our redesigned websites at and We are keeping up with the times and possibly even getting a little bit ahead of the curve. You may be noticing that bicycling is all of a sudden getting pretty cool again. And we just want to help.

The new sites are easier to navigate with drop down menus for logical exploring to find the content you desire. And if you can’t find what you need, let us know and we’ll help you find it or add resources.

Special thanks go to Roger Pierce and Randall Williams, two of FBA’s former webmasters. Roger passed the baton to Randall in 2002 resulting in a redesign. Now, six years later, Randall has handed off website duties to Keri Caffrey following a search for a webmaster available to devote more time to the site. Keri, as the owner of Keri Caffrey, Inc. , operates a professional design studio with a national client base. Better yet, she’s a bicycle advocate, educator and commutes by bike most days to the office.

Take time to thoroughly explore the new sites and let us know what you think.

One item where we need your help is in building a list of bicycle-friendly attorneys to assist people in finding experienced legal assistance in their area of the state. FBA wants to develop more victim assistance so your suggestions are appreciated. Providing names of attorneys upon request does not mean FBA is a referral service but merely a place to start when searching for counsel. Contact Laura Hallam with recommendations.

This will be the last post on the blog at this address. We have transported the FBA Blog into a Wordpress database, it now resides on the home page of the redesigned website. Please change your blogroll links to

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cycling Smackdown at the Bowling Alley

Central Florida cyclists will battle it out to raise money for advertising on Lynx buses to educate motorists on the 3 Foot Passing Law.

May 24th, 2008
Winter Park Bowl America
1111 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
(a mile east of I-4)

$20 per person donation gets you a bowling ball, lane, shoes and 3 games.

Cash prize: Top scorer wins $100!

Teams consist of 4 players---grab THREE teammates from your bike club, your neighborhood and register today!

Raffle Prize: Trek 3.0 Soho hybrid or set of Bontrager Race X Light wheels. Generously donated by David’s World Cycle. $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets

Maybe you can ride a bike but let’s see if you bowl strikes or gutter balls.

Beer sold at the lanes.

Please email to enroll your team.

We hope to see representation from the following:
Armada, BOBbies, Florida Freewheelers, Flamingos, Glory Cycle, Team 19, Hal’s Pals, Seminole Cyclists, Windemere Roadies, etc.


Thursday, May 1, 2008


Please submit your public comment about Tamiami Trail rebuilding to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are considered in the road/bridge design, and that the design is coordinated with the proposed River of Grass Greenway. The 30-day comment period ends May 9, 2008. Please take action - your comments can have a significant effect.

The specific name of this project is the Limited Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (LRR/EA). Tamiami Trail Modifications extend for 12-miles west of Krome Ave. (= the eastern-most 12 miles of the ROGG). The purpose of the modifications is to improve water flow into Everglades National Park, as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Current plans include a 1-mile bridge with 12-ft travel lanes and 10-ft paved shoulders. Cyclists should be concerned about obstructions in the shoulder, such as rumble strips, raised reflectors, or drainage grates.

For more information about LRR, contact Bradley A. Foster at 904-232-2110
or You can download the draft plan from



The House Congressional Resolution on Bicycling (H.Con.Res. 305), introduced in February, calls on the United States Congress to adopt a national bicycling strategy to fully realize the incredible benefits of getting more people bicycling, more safely, more often. There is a "sense of Congress" that complete streets policies are essential to ensure wise use of considerable Federal investment in transportation infrastructure, and that expanded funding for bicycling and walking programs is desirable and appropriate.


As we celebrate National Bike Month in May (even though March was designated as Florida Bike Month), cities and organizations throughout the country will be hosting events promoting bicycling as a healthy, fun, and viable form of transportation. This is also a perfect opportunity to contact your Congressional Representatives to thank those that have signed onto the Resolution and urge those that have not to so. A good showing for the Resolution is essential as this would serve as the first ever comprehensive bicycling policy statement and would serve as an important policy statement guide for the next transportation reauthorization which begins next year (2009).

As part of National Bike Month please take a moment to Contact your Congressional Member to urge them to support HCONRES305.

Thank you.

League of American Bicyclists


The court has denied our Motion for Rehearing. We are evaluating the options regarding the appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on the specific issue at hand, but have been advised that less than 5% of such petitions are granted, so we don't want to get our hopes up. This does not undo, however, the great strides we have made to date. Notwithstanding, the cycling community now has the responsibility to go forward and to make the court's opinion mean something more than the paper it is written on.

We'll be in touch soon.

Jeffrey Lynne, Esq.
Akerman Senterfitt

This set back does not negate our need for funding. Please keep those checks and credit card transactions coming. Checks are better because they save FBA credit card fees, but both methods are greatly accepted. The easiest way to donate to this very important campaign is to go to the "Join FBA" link on the FBA homepage. Complete the membership form and reference "FDOT Appeal" in the "Comments" section. Enter a dollar amount if a preferred amount isn't listed. Complete the transaction using a credit card or print the form and mail with a check to FBA, PO Box 718, Waldo FL 32694. ALL MONIES RAISED FOR THIS CAMPAIGN WILL BE FORWARDED TO AKERMAN SENTERFITT to support the case.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Petitioners have filed a Motion for Reconsideration with the 1st District Court of Appeal asking them to reconsider their decision not to make FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) install bike lanes on State Route A1A where there is sufficient state owned right-of-way to do so. This “reconsideration” is based upon the principle that the court ruled against the petitioners on that issue without allowing them the opportunity to present their brief and argue the issue. This issue was not introduced in the Informal Hearing by FDOT or petitioners and therefore, not thought to be part of the oral argument.

This continued battle requires funding, especially in the light that most of the work done to date has been pro bono. FBA needs your donations earmarked for this campaign. The statewide implications of victory or defeat are huge. Donations can be made my mail to FBA, PO Box 718, Waldo FL 32694, or by visiting our website at Click on "Join Now" and designate Appeal Campaign in the "comments" section.

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

You Bike to Work? Oh, You Poor Thing!

The folks at Streetsblog have posted a video of a recent State Farm Insurance commercial in which some poor guy must resort to (gasp!) biking to work due to the high cost of gasoline. They dressed him up as a cycling fashion tragedy to help make the point.

If you're a State Farm customer like me, you might want to contact your agent and express your displeasure. (Of course it's not your agent's fault, but the corporate website had no way to send an e-mail to the PR or executive folks.)

UPDATE: Here's the comments page for the State Farm website.

UPDATE 2: In the comments section Kelt wrote: "I will not ever be a SF customer if that demonstrates their attitude." Now I'm not suggesting you should either become or remain a State Farm customer, but think about this: every problem holds the seed of its solution. Every corporation wants to be associated with good things. I asked them to contact the League and try to develop some Share the Road-themed commercials. They're buying ad time anyway, and they'd much rather run ads that make their existing and potential customers proud to be associated with them.