Bicyclists on Bike Paths
Mike also asked: Florida Statues define a crosswalk as existing within the lines of sidewalks approaching a street. And the statutes are strong regarding the rights of pedestrians within those crosswalks.
What if it is an intersection of a trail, like the Legacy Trail, and a street? Does Florida Statute define it as a crosswalk when a trail crosses a road?
My concern is that someone could argue that since it is trail crossing, that it is not technically a crosswalk, because there are not sidewalks approaching the road.
Bicyclists on a bicycle path do not have the rights and duties of pedestrians since they are not on a sidewalk.
A bicycle trail or multi-use trail is a bicycle path and not a sidewalk. The statutory definition is:
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(63) Bicycle Path – Any road, path, or way that is open to bicycle travel, which road, path, or way is physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic by an open space or by a barrier and is located either within the highway right-of-way or within an independent right-of-way.
A bicycle path meets the requirements to be a roadway, even though motorized vehicles are prohibited.
(42) Roadway – That portion of a highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.
(53) Street or Highway
(a) The entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic
Your description of a crosswalk is essentially correct, but not applicable to the question of bicyclists on bicycle paths.
(a) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway, measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway.
(b) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
Bicyclists on a bicycle path that intersects with another roadway do not have the rights and duties of pedestrians, since they are not on a sidewalk. They must follow the laws related to drivers of vehicles at intersections.
Bicyclist on a bicycle path facing a stop sign must stop and yield to other traffic.
If no stop sign is present, they must comply with applicable law.
s. 316.121 – Vehicles Approaching or Entering Intersections
(3) The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a state-maintained road or highway from a paved or unpaved road and not subject to control by an official traffic control device shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the state-maintained road or highway.
(4) The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a paved county-maintained or city-maintained road or highway from an unpaved road or highway and not subject to control by an official traffic control device shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said paved road or highway.