FORT MYERS, Fla.-Some bicyclists in Southwest Florida are concerned about their safety after two bikers were killed over the weekend.
Milton Stringer, an avid bike rider, told WINK News too many drivers are distracted behind the wheel. Last year Stringer was hit by a car while he was training for a three day bike tour on the bike path along Daniels Parkway.
"The car accelerated and ran into me," said Stringer.
The accident happened at the intersection of Ponderosa Way and Daniels Parkway. Stringer said he tried for several minutes to grab the driver's attention.
"[I] yelled, I couldn't get eye contact, and I whistled," he said.
But when he couldn't, Stringer decided to cross the road. He only suffered some bruises.
Stringer said the driver claimed she didn't see him.
Statistics from the Florida Highway Patrol for bicycle crashes in Southwest Florida show that five people were killed and 217 were injured in 2009.
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann told WINK News that keeping bikers safe is a priority of theirs.
"We've already committed several hundred thousands dollars to this year's budget to improve our bike and pedestrian lanes," explained Mann.
He also told WINK News the county's new budget will include even more money for improvements.
Bicyclists said they appreciate the county's effort.