It's no secret that Florida, and in particular the Tampa Bay area, possess some of the most dangerous roads and streets in the country when it comes to cyclists and pedestrians.
A report released last month by Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows bicyclist deaths in Florida increased 58 percent from 2010 to 2011 — from 76 in 2010 to 120 last year.
Late last month, Madeira Beach bicyclist David M. Pimentel, 37, was hit and killed by a man driving a van, marking Pinellas County's eighth cyclist traffic fatality this year.
Meanwhile the federal government released a a new report stating the number of deaths occurring on Tampa Bay Area highways in 2011, and the numbers are better than in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report states that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year.