1220148 1 Ted Zelman is an experienced Trial Attorney who is also active in bicycling, triathlon and running. He has raced in over 100 triathlons at distances up to a Half Ironman. He has competed in many running races including 2 marathons.

He is an active bicyclist who has ridden many distance rides including the Triple Bypass in Colorado and the Nove Colli in Italy. He is very active in bicycling safety issues.

Ted Zelman has represented bicyclists in numerous accident cases. He uses his knowledge and experience of bicycling on behalf of his clients.

He has won Trials and settlements in excess of $6,500,000 on behalf of bicyclist clients. Ted Zelman has a policy of assisting bicyclists. He helps bicyclists whose bicycles have been damaged by motor vehicles obtain compensation for those losses without charge.


There is no area of bicycle law that is as out of date as laws regarding E bikes. E bikes are fast growing. They are evolving and their uses are growing and changing.

Delivery drivers in cities use E bikes. Companies like LIME have been created to rent E bikes to tourists. The result has been more E bikes in traffic with bicycles and pedestrians, as well as more E bikes in traffic with motor vehicles. Florida laws have not kept pace with these changes.

The definition of a bicycle under Florida law includes a vehicle with an “electric helper motor” capable of going “not more than 20 mph” on level ground.

This year has seen a texting while driving ban in Florida. Bicyclists know well the danger to them that distracted driving poses.

There is another type of distracted driving. It has to do with wearing a headset. It has never been easier to stream music. This means it has never been easier to listen to music while riding. Florida law regulates how we can legally listen to music while riding a bicycle. The same law applies to bicycle riders, motorcycle riders, and car and truck drivers.

There are two photos at the bottom of this blog. Each photo is of an object that lodged in the spokes of the front wheel of a bicycle, stopping the wheel’s movement.

Each cyclist pinwheeled over his handlebars and struck the ground, with catastrophic results. The crashes occurred more than three years apart. Neither bicycle was struck by a motor vehicle, another bicycle, or anything else.

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