Flat Florida would seem ideal to commute by bike but for the humidity and thunderstorms
And as mentioned we do get a lot of bike killings here, one not far from where I live, not at an intersection, but by kids drag racing and losing control of their cars on a str8away.
I believe a big problem with cars is that drivers have no idea that they're suppose to give bikes 3 ft when passing. I've had cars come so close that I could kick them, or slap their hind quarter so loudly as they pass that the driver looks back to see if I'm still alive. Of course they never stop to see what hit.http://www.floridabicycle.org/rules/bikelaw.htmlThe legal minimum passing clearance for an overtaking vehicle is 3 ft.
It's incredible how stupid they can be, that they'd rather risk a person's life than put their car's tire on or over their lane's left line. As if going over into the other lane is gonna get them a ticket but killing someone is just fine. Assholes.
I blame part of the problem on media which never advertises the rules, not even when a cyclist dies, the perfect opportunity to teach. I've written letters to the editors of various papers about this whenever I see a story about a death or injury which does not mention the 3-ft rule and the 3-ft rule is never mentioned in those articles.