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
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 […]
TAMPA — J. Steele Olmstead of FloridaBicycleLaw.com has donated $2,000 to the Tampa Police Department for more “Share the Road It’s the Law” decals on the police cars’ rear windows. Shown here with Steele is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief of Police Jane Castor of the Tampa Police Department accepting the ceremonial check. The […]
Time to change the “frame” of the debate. I was at the SWFBUD “Bicycle Bash” in Tampa in November 2012 and had a lot of people stop by my booth and discuss how we can improve our lots from a legal standpoint. Our problem as serious cyclists who want the laws in our favor enforced […]
When I talk with the drivers of human powered vehicles like bicycles, tricycles and recumbents, their greatest fear is contact with a motorized vehicle. Pedestrians and human powered vehicles share the same status: you are a vulnerable user of the public roads; You are more likely to be injured in a crash with any motor powered […]