Mary asked: Are children under the age of 16 allowed to ride on the sidewalk in Leesburg, Florida? They were removed from bus transportation because they live within disallowed distance.
Throughout Florida, unless there is a local ordinance to the contrary, bicyclists may use the sidewalk, regardless of age.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(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.
(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.
You can find local ordinances for your community by searching on the name of your community and Municodes. For example, a search on Leesburg and Lake County Municodes shows no ordinance that would prohibit bicyclists from using the sidewalk.