Motor Vehicle in a Bike Lane


Sandra asked: I see drivers constantly drifting into designated bike lanes. If there are no bicyclists riding in the lane can a cop still pull them over and give them a ticket or is the bike lane considered part of the lane of travel as long as there are no bicyclists present?


The usual motor vehicle cannot be driven only within a 4-5 foot bike lane. Drivers can be cited for violating the following statute:

s. 316.089Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic

Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic ….

(1) A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane ….

There may be reasons to momentarily and legally enter a bike lane if there is good cause, such as avoiding a hazard. A bicyclist in the bike lane would still have precedence, and the motorist should not endanger the cyclist.

See this post about mopeds and motorcycles in a bike lane:

4 comments on “Motor Vehicle in a Bike Lane
  1. Frans Andrea says:

    Correct. My wife got a warning for driving in a bike lane. Hovering was the word.

    • Tamarsh says:

      Lucky her. I begged for a warning but the cop gave me a citation for riding in a bicycle lane even though I was only in the bicycle lane for less than a minute overtaking a vehicle that had his Hazardous lights on. Its sucks being black in the racist country. I know without a doubt if I was a different color he wouldve let me off with a warning.

  2. NE2 says:

    Also note that you are supposed to enter a bike lane to turn right.

  3. NE2 says:

    And then there’s this 🙂
    (yes, the sign was placed incorrectly)

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