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Cyclists to honor those who have been killed in pedestrian involved crashes

Posted at 6:31 AM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 11:27:17-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cyclists from across the country will honor those who've been killed in pedestrian and cycling crashes Wednesday. They're also riding to fight for safer pathways to walk, bike and run.

Two rides of silence are planned in our area, one at Cambier Park in Naples at 6 pm and one at Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers at 6:30 pm.

A Dangerous by Design 2021 report shows Florida ranks number one for pedestrian fatalities.

The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area comes in at number eleven in the state.

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Cyclists and other riders are often classified as pedestrians when it comes to reporting these deaths.

That includes a Port Charlotte man who died in a motorized tricycle versus a dump truck crash over the weekend.

Naples Pathways Coalition says the fatalities reported don't even represent how bad the issues are.

The coalition believes our area would see fewer injuries and fatalities if there were more safe places, such as trails, for pedestrians and cyclists to get around.

It just started the feasibility study for the Paradise Coast Trail. The 70-mile paved pathway would be separated from the road. The coalition says it would provide a safe place for people to bike, walk and run.