Motorized Bicycles on Sidewalks
Henry asked: Is it legal for a 12 YR old, or any child less than 16yrs old, on a electric cycle that goes no more than 17mph to ride on a sidewalk in Florida. I believe statutes state, 16 or older, more than 20 miles per hour.
Vehicles under power other than human power are not permitted on sidewalks.
s. 316.1995 – Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1) No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk ….
(3) This section does not apply to motorized wheelchairs.
Persons under 16 years of age are not permitted to operate motorized bicycles.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(2) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. No person under the age of 16 may operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.