Was the Florida Bicycle Association successful in facilitating a change in the bicycle lighting requirements in 2012 legislation?
Until January 1, 2013, the legal status of flashing lights commonly used on bicycles (blinkies) was uncertain. Due to the legislative efforts of the FBA, that was clarified.
The required lights on bicycles may now flash.
s. 316.2397 – Certain Lights Prohibited; Exceptions
(7) Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except:
(c) For the lamps authorized under subsections …. s. 316.2065 …. which may flash.
There was no change to the provision that permits other lights in addition to those required.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(7) Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear. A bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition to those required by this section. A law enforcement officer may issue a bicycle safety brochure and a verbal warning to a bicycle rider who violates this subsection or may issue a citation and assess a fine for a pedestrian violation as provided in s. 318.18. The court shall dismiss the charge against a bicycle rider for a first violation of this subsection upon proof of purchase and installation of the proper lighting equipment.
The previous posts that were rendered incorrect by the new legislation have been deleted.