Bicyclists in increasing danger in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Bicyclists in Palm Beach County are watching their backs after a jump in the number of deadly accidents.

"When you're out there, you feel extremely vulnerable," said Robert Sabin , the President of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club.

"When someone starts being aggressive towards you, there's a feeling like you're being assaulted. What are you trying to do, kill me?"

Between 2010 and 2012 in Palm Beach County, the number of injuries to bike riders are up by about twenty percent.  There were four deaths in 2010, and eight in 2012.

"I'm surprised it was that dramatic," said Sabin .  But bicyclists say it's hard to pin down why.

There seem to be more riders out there, but several movements have started to get the state to section off more bike lanes and run public service announcements urging everyone to be more careful.

"We need to do more for training, both for automobiles and for cyclists," said Sabin.

Sabin wears a rearview mirror, lights all over his body, reflective clothes, goggles and a helmet.  Yet he's still been hit by a car.

"I was on the hood, rolled off and saw the tire coming at me." He managed to roll away.

He says it's crucially important for drivers and bicyclists to pay attention to who might be around the corner.
"You can ride right in front of him and he'll never see you."

There's a group in Delray Beach that has already started a citywide conversation to make things safer for bike riders and pedestrians.

They are pushing the city to create a job title for someone whose sole focus will be to make the city safer for bikers.

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