Courtesy Flagler County Sheriff's Office

As Volusia and Flagler counties prepare to welcome Bike Week 2017 visitors and activities, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly wants everyone to use good judgment, obey traffic laws and be as courteous and responsible as possible during the 10-day event, which begins today.  In addition, Flagler County Spring Break  (March 13-17) coincides with Bike Week.

Bike Week annually brings an influx of people, activities and fun - and more opportunity for criminal behavior and accidents. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office (FCSO)  will be out in full force countywide to protect the community, watch for impaired drivers, manage traffic and target criminal activity, including motorcycle and vehicle theft.

"We won't tolerate anyone putting other people's lives in danger," Sheriff Staly said.  "Please be extra vigilant and drive defensively, anticipating and preventing dangerous situations that may occur. We want everyone to enjoy themselves while still acting responsibly."

As Flagler County roads become busier with Bike Week enthusiasts from all over the country, motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to be extra careful to prevent accidents and tragedies. Our deputies are on high alert for traffic violators but we remind everyone to do your part to help - whether you're driving, walking or riding a motorcycle or bicycle. And of course, don't drink and drive, and don't text while driving.

One spot for special traffic concern is the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1. Temporary fencing has been erected to control motorcycle traffic flow there back onto U.S. 1. In addition, extra safety measures and signs have been put into place by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Some Tips to Help You Stay Safe on Roadways:

  • Pedestrians should never walk on paved roadways where vehicles travel. If there's no sidewalk,  pedestrians should walk only on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway, facing traffic that's approaching from the opposite direction.
  • Bicycle riders traveling on a roadway at less than normal speed of traffic should ride in the lane marked for bicycle use.  If no bicycle lane is available, ride as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the road, riding with the flow of traffic.
  • Drivers approaching an intersection with a traffic control signal should stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the entire roadway before proceeding.

Avoid Becoming a Victim -- Lessen the Risk of  Your Bike or Vehicle Being Stolen:

  • Use paid parking lots that have security;
  • Be aware of where you park. Avoid dark, poorly-lit areas. Pay attention to people standing around who seem to take particular interest in your bike.
  • Leave nothing valuable in plain sight or in saddlebags, such as leathers, cameras, souvenirs or any valuables.
  • Lock your motorcycle and/or vehicle and take your keys with you. Factory ignition switch locks are easily bypassed by thieves. High-quality disc locks, wheel locks, and heavy cable or chain locks are recommended, in addition to factory installed devices. Inexpensive locks are generally easily broken or cut.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report suspicious activity to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office by calling 911 or our non-emergency line: (386) 313-4911. Plenty of deputies and local officers will be patrolling countywide to keep everyone safe and having a good time.