Florida, It’s Not Too Late…

…to contact Florida Governor Charlie Crist and ask him to just say no to House Bill 971 (the “mandatory bike lane” law). Crist has until Saturday, June 12th to decide on this bill.

Once again, the good folks at Commute Orlando Blog have some of the best-written and most comprehensive coverage on why this law is no good for Florida’s cyclists. Click here for a breakdown of the many reasons HB 971 stinks. Here’s a rather irreverent take on the whole thing, but with many good points.

Want to contact Governor Crist and tell him what you think about HB 971? Here’s his contact info:

Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Citizen Services Hotline: (850) 488-4441
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: (850) 488-7146
[Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time]
Fax: (850) 487-0801


  1. The Punisher

    Hey you bikers don’t pay gas tax and therefore have no business being on the roads anyways. You should all use the sidewalk. At least that is what one of my co-workers had the audacity to say to me once. Florida is a “bike communist” state. Well maybe not that bad but there sure are a lot of haters putting my life in danger every day.

  2. Jose

    Actually, it is too late to ask the Governor to veto HB 971. As you can see in this press release from Charlie Crist’s office, he already signed it on Friday June 4th.

  3. Ghost Rider

    Well, crap…perhaps I misread the article that pointed my attention to the bill. Could the article have meant June 5th rather than June 12th? Either way, Charlie jumped the gun. And that sucks.

  4. Raiyn

    Actually, just to be fair and balanced (if I may borrow from Faux News LOL) ol’ Charlie sat on this bill for about as long as he could and the issue that we have an issue with was a crappy tack on to a bill with some good points to it according to Florida Bicycle Association:

    “Yesterday afternoon, Governor Crist signed HB 971, among many other bills into law. Thanks to all of you who expressed your concerns over this bill encouraging it to be vetoed. Yes, this is a defeat, but now we must rally together to plan our strategy for the 2011 Legislative Session.

    HB 971 isn’t all bad. At 81 pages, there are many good things in the bill and unfortunately the mandatory bike lane use was slipped in late in the Session, along with other pedestrian issues. This process is not unusual, but now FBA will be planning for it.

    FBA’s Legislative Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to develop strategies and set priorities. The results will be shared via a survey for review by FBA members and other interested parties. Your input is very important. If you are not an FBA member, please join now to support our legislative efforts. Membership fees will help fund a legislative staff position.

    In the mean time, now is the time to develop relationships with your elected officials in the district. Invite them for a bike ride. Let them know you are a local expert regarding bicycling issues.

    It is up to all of us to make something good come out of HB 971. We will not go away empty-handed but will come back strong in 2011.”
    Now I’m a pretty big lefty politically, but I will give Crist his due He’s been a pretty moderate guy the whole time he’s been in office even in light of the shrieking ninnys of the Beverage Club.

  5. Zen

    Are they going to outlaw cars in bike lanes? I have never seen a car ticketed in AZ and I can find cars in bikes lanes pretty much every time I ride. They need to keep it fair both ways. It will be interesting how often this is enforced and if other states will follow and pass similar laws.

  6. Raiyn

    There’s always U-Lock justice:p *

    *Bike Commuters nor I actually endorse “U-lock Justice” so no lawsuits se vous plait.

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