I live on Marco Island. On four recent occasions I have almost been run over by bicycles as I was walking my dog on the sidewalk. I have been screamed at and cursed at. Once when I was approached from behind I couldn’t hear the bicycle coming. Recently a man on a bike threw his bike down and started at me. I got my phone out to call for help and the man said sorry and left.
I have never been confrontational. I am 73 and have Muscular Dystrophy. I can’t move myself and my dog off the sidewalk fast enough to please the bikers.
Who is required to yield the right of way on sidewalks? According to Section 316.2065, Florida Statutes, “When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian. A bicyclist riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and must give an audible signal before passing.”
I am writing this letter because I believe it is only a matter of time before I am injured unless something changes.
Susan Popejoy Marco Island