Bicycles on Limited Access Highways
Miguel asked: Hello, I was wondering if it was possible in Florida for bicyclists like myself to use the freeways, expressways and interstate highways. Is it legal for us to do this? And what tips or rules must we follow?
Bicycles are prohibited from limited access highways unless signs are posted allowing them.
s. 316.091 – Limited Access Facilities; Interstate Highways; Use Restricted
(2)Except as provided herein, no person shall operate upon a limited access facility any bicycle, motor-driven cycle, animal-drawn vehicle, or any other vehicle which by its design or condition is incompatible with the safe and expedient movement of traffic.
(3)No person shall ride any animal upon any portion of a limited access facility.
(4)No person shall operate a bicycle or other human-powered vehicle on the roadway or along the shoulder of a limited access highway, including bridges, unless official signs and a designated, marked bicycle lane are present at the entrance of the section of highway indicating that such use is permitted pursuant to a pilot program of the Department of Transportation.
Since these restrictions sometimes place onerous conditions on cyclists, the FBA was successful in getting legislation to study the matter. A two-year pilot program is being conducted to determine whether bicycles can safely use certain limited access highways.
(6)The Department of Transportation shall establish a 2-year pilot program, in three separate urban areas, in which it shall erect signs and designate marked bicycle lanes indicating highway approaches and bridge segments of limited access highways as open to use by operators of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles