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
Call your State of Florida Senator… There’s a pro-cyclist and consumer insurance bill that will get bad drivers off the road and another bill that will make motorists “move over.” The Florida House of Representatives Commerce Committee approved legislation on November 7, 2017 that would have Florida join 48 other states in requiring drivers to […]
How many times you have driven on the road and you hear the rumble of a gas-powered vehicle behind you and clench your teeth for the sound of the swish of the front end or right mirror of within inches of your left handlebar. How many of you have been grazed by a right rearview […]
As a personal injury lawyer, I have to guide my clients to the best care possible so they can get the best recovery possible. Like a painting in my office, “Recovery,” my job is to help my clients recover. You see billboard lawyers advertising how much money they get from their clients but that is […]
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 […]