ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The high rate of bicycle crashes in St. Johns County was atthe top of the agenda for a meeting of the minds today.
People from law enforcement, the school system, the Department of Transportation anddifferent groups met at the monthly Community Traffic Safety Team in St.Augustine Tuesday afternoon.
They discussed the latest hit and run death of a bicyclistthis weekend in St. Augustine.
At least 60 bicycle crashes have happened in St. JohnsCounty in the last year.
Six crashes were reported just this last week - according toa bike advocate who spoke.
"What we're seeing in St. Johns County is on, we are thesecond healthiest county in the state so people are getting out and riding thebikes recreationally to exercise. And then - as you heard in the meeting - wehave a community that rides to work and uses it as transit. So we have variousfactors going on, and again we have to consider the best ways to educate thepublic on safety and the laws in Florida, " said Sgt. Catherine Payne with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
The take away - most of the group agreed there needs to be acollaborative effort to educate drivers and cyclists.
First for you: Drivers, by law, have to givecyclists three feet of space and cyclists have to follow the rules of the road becausethe bike is considered a vehicle.