I just discovered that the original July 2009 post about bicycles on sidewalks is missing, so it is restated here.
Bicyclists are not required to use sidewalks. They are operating vehicles and have the same rights and duties as other drivers.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle ….
Bicycles are not prohibited from sidewalks unless a local ordinance exists.
When on sidewalks, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as pedestrians. That does not mean the cyclist is a pedestrian. He/She is still operating a vehicle and must obey any applicable ordinances related to vehicles such as DUI, and lights and helmets when required.
(9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
When on the sidewalk, the cyclist does have other obligations.
(10) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.