Drive-Through Windows

Question

Robin asked:  What are the Florida laws concerning using your bike at a drive through at banks and fast food places?  I went through the drive through at BOA yesterday and they served me as surprised as they were, but I was just wondering nonetheless.

Answer

There is no statute that directly addresses that.  Such establishments are private property, and even if available for public use, the owners can establish policies they deem appropriate.  Some businesses have precluded bicyclists from using drive-through windows.  I do not know of the reasons and if someone is confronted with such a policy, I recommend asking the management to change it.

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5 comments on “Drive-Through Windows
  1. guy says:

    If the business will not allow you to use the drive thru lane, bring your bicycle into the business and use the walk up window. They obviously don’t consider your bicycle a vehicle. Therefore, they should not object to you bicycle at the walk up window. I’ve never been told I can’t bring my bicycle inside.

  2. Frank says:

    The reason for most places not wanting a bicycle in the drive through is because there have been a few accidents with people in their cars not seeing the bicyclist, especially at night.

    • Dwight says:

      Bank and credit union drive-thrus are ordinarily not open in the evening; after-hours transactions are usually handled at an ATM somewhere on premises. In the daytime, reasonable speed pulling forward in a drive-thru lane is not much more than 5 mph. Under these conditions, a non-impaired motorist should have little difficulty seeing a properly operating cyclist in a drive-thru lane. If collisions with cyclists are such a risk, why are cyclists allowed to enter bank/credit union properties at any hour of the day to use the on-site ATM or, during business hours, to conduct their business inside the building? Bicycle prohibitions in bank drive-thru facilities, if they exist, make little sense.

      In any case, the rise of online banking is making bank drive-thru facilities increasingly obsolete. Drive-thru lanes at fast-food restaurants probably have a future.

  3. Keithmj says:

    Another reason for no bikes is to keep people from ordering and then pulling a gun and robbing them and disappearing since they have no tags to show who they are. I would say for personal safety. You could talk to the night manager and explain that you ride your bike and would like to come through the drive window at a certain time at night, once they know who you are they might let you.

  4. Juan Santos says:

    I refuse to give my business to a company that discriminates a person based on his mode of transportation.

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