Sidewalk Or The Bike Lane? What Are The Florida Bicycle Laws?

  • Posted by: David Scott
  • Category: Bicycle Accidents
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Bicycle Laws In Florida Can Be Confusing. Here’s What To Know In Order To Avoid Accidents

It’s not hard to imagine why bicycle riding is booming in Florida. Sunny days and warm breezes, plenty of great cycling trails, and the freedom to get around quickly inspire the growing popularity of bicycle riding. But just like driving a vehicle, bike riding comes with its own set of bicycle laws and responsibilities. In Florida, bicyclists are considered vehicles and need to plan where to ride and how to ride. Being aware of the rules and responsibilities can make bike riding safe and more enjoyable for beginners to advanced cyclists.

Where: Sidewalk or Bicycle Lane – Which One?

While cycling on the sidewalk is legal in Florida, it may not always be the best choice and depending on the location may be prohibited. Bicyclists are required to yield to the right of way of pedestrians. If a bike lane is available or pedestrians are present on the sidewalk, it may be safest to choose the road. A bike rider is a guest on the sidewalk, so it is essential to be observant when riding there.

The bike lane marks the lane with a bicycle symbol and a directional arrow. Bicyclists must ride in any usable path dedicated to bicycles when available. A cyclist is still permitted to share the road with vehicles but is not required. Cycle safety experts recommend riding as far to the right as possible when there is no bike lane.

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Are There Bicycle Safety Laws In Florida?

Yes. The number of bicyclists in Florida increases annually on the roads, putting significantly more safety regulations in place. Riders knowing where and how to ride their bike is essential to avoiding an accident. Florida continually evaluates the necessary and recommended cycling safety procedures to ensure Florida is a safe place to ride. Some basic to get to know include:

  • Ride in a bike lane if possible
  • Ride in the road if a bike lane is not available as far to the right as possible and understand local municipal codes and ordinances about sidewalk bike riding
  • Know and obey the rules of the road
  • Learn bicycle traffic signs
  • Learn how to use hand signals
  • Approach intersections with caution as you would in a vehicle
  • Be mindful of your surroundings.
  • The use of headphones is not permitted by Florida law
  • Wear cycling safety gear
  • If you ride at night (between sunset and sunrise), you are required to have your bicycle equipped with a light

If You Obeyed All Bicycle Laws And Have Been In An Accident, Call The Law Office Of Teresa P. Williams Today

Bicyclists sharing the road with cars requires cooperation and respect to preventing accidents. Bicyclists can begin by practicing safe cycling at all times. However, if an accident does occur, it is crucial to contact a local Personal Injury Lawyer who specializes in Bicycle Accident Law. Call The Law Office of Teresa P. Williams today at (727) 796-2706 or contact us on our website here.

Author: David Scott