Welcome to FloridaBicycleLaw.com
I am a personal injury lawyer and here I answer your questions, direct you to resources, share with you stories of bicyclists and the laws governing bicycles.
I understand bicycling. My cousin Tom Godwin started The Great Bicycle Shop at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida in 1971. In 1976 my brother bought the shop and is still running it today. My first job was as a bicycle mechanic for my cousin. Since becoming a lawyer, I continue to do what I did in the bicycle shop: help bicyclist get back on their wheels. I drove my bicycle to class in college and used it recreationally. I drove a bicycle to law school and I drive my bicycle every week now.
If you have any questions about your cycling and the law, please look under the “Florida Bicycle Law” menu tab above. If you would like to speak with me about cycling or an incident, please feel free to contact me.
— J. Steele Olmstead
I can’t say this enough: You never, never, EVER, EVER ride against traffic. It is a way to get killed. PERIOD. A simple video FOR KIDS that explains how you will die: You give three feet everywhere else. Why not for bicycles? http://verocyclingclub.org/resources/Documents/Bike%20Smart,%20Bike%20Safe%20_%203%20Feet%20for%20Safety%20Act.mp4 A sickening tragedy a mom on a bicycle killed and the […]
All too often, one of the most anger provoking stories I get sent is the story of the law enforcement officer who drives up at the scene in his car and has to administer the consequences to a motorist for running into a bicyclist. I cannot tell you how disheartening it is to find that […]
After a blow to the head, the survivor, her family, friends, co-workers all expect the injured person to “be okay.” After initial weeks of recovery it seems like that’s the case. However, if you can get this injured person to stop normalizing the odd things she’s experiencing and be totally honest, you will hear that […]
As a pedestrian or a bicyclist, getting hit by car is surreal. The shock, pain and disbelief hits you first, then the panic sets in. First thing you think is: “How am I going to pay my medical bills?” “Holy smokes I am going to miss work. I can’t miss a paycheck.” If you are […]
There’s seemingly NO sense behind some of these laws. However, if you don’t know them they could cause problems for you with that law enforcement officer sitting right on the corner. So let’s take a quick look at them and see if you ever broke any of these lesser-known laws. Your headlights must be on […]
A man died on this road. A good man. A man who had two grown sons, a loving wife, old and dear friends, trustworthy business contacts, a caring doctor, a solid banker, people who supplied his farm, sought his advice and listened to his jokes. He was passionate about coaching his sons’ baseball team in […]