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
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 […]
A chilling medical study, reported in Science Daily, described the findings of a new study presented November 29, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The study used specialized MRI scans to examine high school football players brains before and after one season of football play. The MRIs revealed […]
November 6, 2016 is the date we “fall back” in our time. Make sure you are ready to drive your bicycle by checking your night time equipment. You read right- night time equipment: lighting and reflective systems. Twilight, is the worst time, next to 10:00 at night for pedestrian and bicycling injuries caused by motor […]
Most of us drive automobiles. All of us drive bicycles. Anybody who does is aware of the ongoing difficulty of law enforcement enforcing our laws and the wider motoring community to observe those laws. Allow me to make some humble suggestions on how you can, while on the road, bring awareness to us. First and […]
What do the below three photographs have in common? First, if you ride, these may make your blood run cold. These have caused death, disfigurement, scarring, nerve loss, traumatic brain injury, broken bones and dislocations. These things can be are potholes, excessively wide grating over drainage channels, gaps between the pavement and the adjoining curb, […]
I was asked to write about vulnerable user laws this month by a request to FloridaBicycleLaw.com. To gain some perspective, let’s say you are helping set up the wedding reception for the sister of a friend whose family is wealthy, your friend gives you a bottle of wine and says, “Please carry this to the […]