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USF researcher and decorated veteran among 9 bicyclists to die on Tampa Bay roads since midsummer | Transportation

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USF researcher and decorated veteran among 9 bicyclists to die on Tampa Bay roads since midsummer
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USF researcher and decorated veteran among 9 bicyclists to die on Tampa Bay roads since midsummer

TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Nine bicyclists have died in the Tampa Bay area since midsummer, and bike lane advocates say drivers and cyclists must coexist safely.

In some of the recent cases, police determined the cyclist was at fault and didn't have the right of way. In others, they found the motorist had violated a law. Many times, authorities say, both parties shared the blame.

Alan Snel, a Tampa resident and the director of the South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers, says roads in the area weren't designed to handle bicycle traffic.

The St. Petersburg Times reported Monday that no state in the nation has more bicycle crash fatalities than Florida. The Sunshine State led the nation in the number of bicyclists killed with 125 in 2008, which is the most recent year for which national data is available.

Among those killed in the Bay area recently: a USF cancer researcher and the son of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins.

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