Thanks to ALEC, the NRA and irresponsible Florida legislators, we have the Stand Your Ground law, which helps protect anyone who feels threatened even when outside of their domicile.
So I guess it won’t be long before the law is tested on Rickenbacker Causeway. A Key Biscayne resident might be driving home some morning when he crosses into the bike lane. This happens too often when drivers are inebriated or feeling the immediate need to respond to a text message.
The cyclist or group of cyclists obey the law, riding in the bike lane and use both front and rear illumination. But a driver in the 2,000-pound car is annoyed just the same and honks the car horn and nearly frightens the cyclists to death.
They are familiar with the stories of hit-and-run accidents on the causeway. They have seen the white memorial bike installed on the south side of Bear Cut Bridge. They don’t want to be the next fatality. So they decide to speed up and hope the driver will have to come to stop at the traffic light near Rosenstiel.
Lo and behold, the light changes, and the car is waiting there when the cyclists arrive. They feel that they were placed in danger and are assured that “Stand Your Ground” will also apply to “Stand Your Bike Lane.” So until wiser Florida legislators get elected and Stand Your Ground is improved drastically, it may behoove drivers to be a little more cautious and a lot more polite to cyclists.
Harry Emilio Gottlieb, Coconut Grove