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
Here’s a picture of me with Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa and former Chief Jane Castor of the Tampa Police Department. (It’s on the front of this website.) I was presenting them a check for $2,000.00 to put “Three Feet” stickers on the Tampa police cruisers (120 of them). As the police department was getting […]
After the initial physical recover from trauma and the scars and bruises are healing, there is nothing more devastating than realizing your brain does not work like it did before your injury. The almost total isolation from people who care but can’t understand is gut wrenching. Realizing you can’t remember names, faces, incidents or where […]
I recently read an article in the Irish Times about a push by police (the Garda) to require bicyclist to wear helmets and high visibility vests when riding. Here’s the link to the article. Of course, the import of the article was “cyclists should do something to prevent being killed.” The “authorities” behind this idea must have […]
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 […]