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Hundreds of Bicyclists Take to Rickenbacker For "Ride of Silence"

Their message: drivers have to share the road



    (Published Thursday, May 17, 2012)

    Hundreds of bicyclists took to Rickenbacker Causeway Wednesday evening with a strong message: drivers are required to share the road.

    Many bicyclists will tell you drivers break that law every day.

    "We want to live an community where you can do outdoor activities and not be worried about being run over and left to die by a driver," said Patricia Cohen.

    Unfortunately, she knows firsthand about the dangers of biking on Miami's streets. Her husband, Aaron, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Rickenbacker Causeway in February, according to authorities who have charged the driver in his death.

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    The family of a cyclist who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the Rickenbacker Causeway has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, their attorney said Tuesday. "He was my everything," widow Patricia Cohen said about her husband, 36-year-old Aaron Cohen.
    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012)

    Wednesday night's "ride of silence" was meant to honor those who were killed or injured while biking, to raise awareness about bike safety, and also to urge drivers to share the road.

    "I like to ride on Key Biscayne but cars are very frightening out here," said bicyclist Vic van Cleve. "I live in Miami Beach, I've been hit twice on Miami Beach on my bike."

    Florida law says drivers must stay three feet away from a bicyclist. But many in the biking community complain drivers have no idea the law exists.

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    Aaron Cohen, 36, who was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital following the Wednesday morning crash, died of his injuries Thursday, officials said. Miami Police say 25-year-old Michele Traverso turned himself in late Wednesday night with his attorney after officers found his badly damaged car. In bond court Thursday afternoon, the driving with a suspended license charge was dismissed, but Traverso was ordered held overnight on a separate marijuana possession charge. His bond was set at $10,000 for the leaving the scene of an accident charge and he will appear in court Friday to face the drug possession charge. “My client feels horrible about what happened,” said Traverso’s attorney, Ramon de la Cabada.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012)

    Meantime, many drivers will argue that it's the bicyclists creating the hazard, riding in the middle of the street and clogging up traffic.

    Ultimately, drivers and bicyclists must share the road and everybody must obey the same traffic laws.

    A 28-page guide lists all the rules and regulations for bicyclists. The three-feet rule is the most important – a law that could have saved Aaron Cohen's life.

    "I lost my husband, it's a very personal tragedy for me," his widow said. "What makes it worse is that it's preventable."