Troopers, deputies to target intersections popular with pedestrians

The Florida Highway Patrol and the Collier County Sheriff's Office are teaming up Wednesday and Thursday to look for drivers who violate traffic laws at intersections popular with pedestrians and bicyclists.

The extra patrols come during the second week of National Bicycle Safety Month. Troopers and sheriff's deputies will be focused on U.S. 41 from Collier Boulevard to Goodlette-Frank Road; Bayshore Drive from Thomasson Drive to U.S. 41; and the Courthouse Shadows shopping center on U.S. 41.

"It's going to be a detail where if troopers see violations, they will be stopping them," FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said. "Primarily, we're just trying to get the basic concept out there that cars and bikes ought to share the same road and be respectful of each other."

According to Bueno, some lesser known rules of the road for riders include:

When riding on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian.

Bicyclists must ride single file except on sidewalks or when two people riding side by side within one lane will not impede traffic

A rider is not permitted to wear a headset, headphone or other listening device other than a hearing aid when riding.

At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.

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