19 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Lauren Book, Michael Gottlieb, Richard Stark, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Cindy Polo, Evan Jenne, Sharon Pritchett, Jared Evan Moskowitz, Chip LaMarca, Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Joseph Geller, Michael Grieco, Nicholas X. Duran, Javier Fernández, Oscar Braynon II, Jason Pizzo, Manny Diaz Jr., Jose Javier Rodriguez, Anitere Flores, Annette Taddeo, Perry E. Thurston Jr., Emely Slosberg, Wilton Simpson

Safer Conditions for Cyclist, Motorist, and pedestrians.

ProblemDear Florida Legislators,As you may have heard just yesterday a fellow cyclist has died and many more have been critically injured as a result of vehicular homicide in Broward County just west of the city of Weston on SR 84. This is the last of a series of deaths and series injuries caused by negligent drivers that are paying attention to everything but driving their vehicles safely. As a road user of both on motor vehicles and human power vehicles. I have been witnessing and have suffered several of these accidents and related instances where drivers, distracted mainly by their cellular devices while driving, have become unable to safely operate their vehicle and have caused an accident. One just have to look out the window while you are onboard a car in a highway to see how dangerous the situation has become. I challenge you to count how many people have their phone on their hand talking, ore even more dangerous texting, watching a video, taking a selfie while their vehicle is going at over 55mph. Those people are not capable of fast reaction in the event of an emergency to safely maneuver and advert an accident. This is why every morning and every evening you have more and more pileups of mass transit accidents, and more of those causing critical injuries or death. According to the FDOT 2016 “Safety and Secure Travel” report:Fatalities due to lane departure and intersection crashes account for 69 percent of all traffic fatalities.Fatalities involving vulnerable road users in 2015 increased over the prior year—pedestrian fatalities increased from 606 to 632; motorcyclist fatalities increased from 449 to 583; and bicyclist fatalities increased from 135 to 153.This trend is ever increasing because as Floridians we have failed to realized the impact of handheld technology and in particular, cellular devices, have had a tremendous impact on the way we interact with the road and with our vehicles. We have failed to update/renovate/incorporate new legislation to help mitigate this challenge and avert this crisis that has already claimed so many lives.As an example of effective legislation that was resistant to passing for many years and that have saved countless lives on the road I cite the following form the same source the FDOT 2016 “Safety and Secure Travel” report:“Safety belt usage continued to climb, improving to 89.4 percent statewide—almost one point higher than the national average.”This shows that road conditions and people’s safety can be improved by a simple measure that has become second nature to all drivers in the state and around the country.SolutionThis is why I’m requesting the following changes and/or inclusions to Florida Law:The addition of “cyclist” and other “vulnerable road users” to the “Florida Move Over Law” a law that has already protected countless law enforcement and emergency personnel from injury and or death.The passing of a law that prohibits the action of handling a cellular devise with your hands while operating a motor vehicle.The treatment of such violations as it where or similar in severity as a DIU violation.Finally I leave you to think on the lives of the families of those whom have suffered these tragedies and especially this recent one. Imagine if your family was the one affected by this meaningless death this close to the holidays. This simple changes to traffic law will ensure that there are measures in place to prevent and prosecute these incidents in the future, and provide new drivers with rules to follow in order to get their driver’s license. I urge you to act as soon as possible because this can no longer be tolerated.Very Respectfully,Andres E. EstevezConcerned Florida Citizen and Cyclist

Andrés Estévez
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Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Marta, CITY OF ATLANTA, GDOT, The ATL

Please allow eBikes and eScooters to ride safely on the Atlanta Beltline

City of Atlanta: Please allow eBikes and eScooters on the Atlanta Beltline by implementing a new set of rules based on courtesy, sound and vehicle speed. Where space allows, please provide a separate path for bikes and scooters while completing the full rail loop. More details: Today the Beltine is forbidden from eBikes and eScooters, though the rules are not being enforced. Atlanta police are awaiting guidance from the city. Thousands of shared eBikes will arrive in the year ahead. The sooner rules are adjusted to allow more sidewalks to be shared safely, the fewer injuries we'll have from eBikes and eScooters in our roadways. And the better health will have through exercise and reduced exposure to exhaust toxins.We are recommending that the current restriction on electric mobility vehicles be replaced with the following new rules applying to the Beltline and city sidewalks:1. Riders shall use slow speeds when near pedestrians. 2. Riders are encouraged to use their voice when approaching from behind, saying "on the left" or "on the right" to inform walkers of their approach.3. Extremely quiet vehicles should add a low decibel sound to alert walkers.4. Loud vehicles are not allowed.5. Carbon burning vehicles are not allowed.6. Vehicles wider than two seats are not allowed.We also recommend that Atlanta's new shared mobility ordinance include requirements that mobile apps provide a way to report bad driving and poor parking to the operator (Bird, Lime, Jump, etc.) based on the tracked location of the rider at the time of the incident report, or by scanning the ID of the shared mobility vehicle after the rider parks.Where space allows, please provide a separate path for bikes and scooters The Atlanta Beltline is the most wonderful escape in the city, but it can also be stressful as children and dogs dart between bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters and skaters.Where space is available (without compromising the rail plans), please add a second pathway - so bikes, scooters and skaters can travel safely, quickly and separately from pedestrians and dogs on leashes, while avoiding the surrounding busy streets. Casual, courteous riding would still be permitted on the walkway.The walkway could be slightly narrower on new sections. The bike path could then reside on the other side of the grassy transit route. This would allow riders to avoid crossing in front of people boarding transit on the walkway side. Please avoid placing the bike path immediately adjacent to the walking path. The Beltline ranges from 32 to 60 feet wide. The Berne Street underpass south of Glenwood Park is over 45 feet wide.The following dimensions accommodate the Atlanta streetcar tracks, which are standard gauge (4 ft 8 1⁄2 inches inner faces) with exterior face width of 5’ (62" including 2.75" rails). Beltline path and rail dimensions could be: 10’ Walkway16’ Transit (Two lanes of train track over grass)10’ Bike pathView dimensions for dual-path rail layout - Grass is indicated in green. The bridge at Hill Street is 32 feet wide, allowing for two rail lanes, plus two 7' wide pathways on either side. We now have the means to create a smart rail corridor where multiple modes share the space safely. Overhead wires are no longer necessary thanks to batteries. Smart transit with safety drivers now stops automatically when people cross its path.Thank you for helping the Beltline reach its full potential. Please share with your friends, dog lovers, scooter enthusiasts, bike riders, skaters, runners, the whole

Atlanta Rides
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