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The Sunshine State is one of the worst for bicyclists, according to a new study from AAA.

According to the study, two percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve bicycles and recent reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, show that 783 cyclists were killed in the U.S. in 2017.

AAA reports that 125 of those deaths occurred in Florida

Most commonly reported factors for bicycle fatalities:

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Source: AAA survey of Florida cyclists

“Motorists and cyclists play an equal part in sharing the road,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a statement. ”While motorists need to eliminate distractions and watch for people on bikes, cyclists can do their part by wearing a helmet and bright colored clothing.”

According to the study, 36 percent of Florida’s cyclists do not wear a helmet while riding a bike, 21 percent of cyclists ride against traffic. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

“Bicyclists who do not go with the flow of traffic are putting their lives in danger,” Jenkins said. “Although it may be more comforting for a cyclist to see approaching motorists, this creates scenarios where drivers may not see them. Traffic laws and safety recommendations are there to help protect you the next time you take a spin.”

Florida has its own set of laws on bicycle riding:
  *   Motorists are required to give at least three feet of space when passing  a bicyclist
  *   Bicyclists 16 years old must wear a helmet
  *   Bicyclists should operate on the right side of the road; in a bicycle lane if applicable
  *   Bicycles operating in the dark should have a light on the front and back
  *   Bicycles may operate on sidewalks, but pedestrians have the right of way

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