In-Line Skaters in Bike Lanes


Christopher asked:  I inline skate at an average speed of 13-15 mph in the bike lane on my local South Florida streets.  While 99% of the cyclists are very positive; with words of encouragement, allowing me to draft when I crank up to 16-18 mph and generally courteous, there are some that are negative with “Get out of the bike lane” and much worse.


Bicycle lanes are part of the roadway designated for preferential use by bicyclists.

Florida Department of Transportation Plans Preparation Manual

Bicycle Lane – A bicycle lane (bike lane) is a portion of the roadway (either with curb and gutter or a flush shoulder) which has been designated by striping, special pavement markings, and signing for the preferential use by bicyclists.

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Bicycle Lane – A portion of a roadway that has been designated for preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists by pavement markings and, if used, signs.

Preferential Lane – A highway lane reserved for the exclusive use of one or more specific types of vehicles or vehicles with at least a specific number of occupants.

Persons on roller skates are not permitted on the roadway, whether in the bike lane or not.

s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations

(12) No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, may go  upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk.

Although in-line skates are certainly serious exercise equipment these days, the statutes do not consider that.

Highway facilities are not designed for optimum use by all users, and some communities try to accommodate in-line skaters by not strictly enforcing this provision.  Some strictly enforce that sub-paragraph.  You should check with your local police department or sheriff’s office to determine the policy in your community.

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4 comments on “In-Line Skaters in Bike Lanes
  1. tom says:

    i was searching for in line skate paths in florida since i was thinking of visiting with my skaes. it is winter here in massachusetts and can not inline any more in BOSTON (where i skate the streets every sunday) owing to snow salt and ice. i guess with your rather limited and rude law i will not be coming to Florida to spend my MONEY!!! how rude.

    • Frank says:

      Nothing stopping you from inline skating on sidewalks, bike PATHS, in parks…
      Just about anywhere BUT the street..
      Trust me, you wouldn’t want to skate in the bike LANES here, it would be too dangerous…

    • Ron says:

      Roller skates and Inline skates are not the same in the FL statues. Having lived here for 15 years I have found several places to enjoy the feel of beach and rollerblading. Nothing like it except for running on the beach while a hurricane approaches. I have been confronted by cyclists. I am also a cyclist so I don’t get it. I wonder if they pay the same taxes I do? Why do they feel like they can run over me and harass me? Do they really belong here?

  2. Ron says:

    I have been inline skating on Jupiter Beach for about a dozen years. The Jupiter police have never stopped me. The Palm Beach County Park Officers have telling to travel in against the traffic. That is what causes conflict with the cyclists. The sidewalks are too congested and have hazards that are not safe for skaters so that is not an option. I have changed direction to go with traffic and have not had any issues lately. It seems like the gangs of cyclists that cause trouble are seasonal and I wonder if they even pay taxes here. I also think how I need to prepare to defend against a gang of cyclist approaching a pedestrian. I suggested a rape spray. My wife said that the courts would not find that an appropriate defense for a man. So I am thinking carrying a baseball bat or a sharp object for jousting. Anything within 3 feet is defensive.

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