Caroline asked: When a cyclist is on the sidewalk crossing a road that has a light, does the cyclist have to stop if a pedestrian doesn’t have the “walking man.” I live in Gainesville and have seen so many cyclists cross when they had the “red hand” or they will go from the road to the crosswalk even if the pedestrians don’t have the right to cross the road. I have had two fellow workers get hit by cars because they thought the car was going to yield for them and the car didn’t because the car had the right of way.
Do cyclists have to take a driving test like car drivers do? If not, they should because I have seen some idiot moves by cyclists since I moved to Gainesville.
Last question first.
No, a license is not required to ride a bicycle on the roads, sidewalks, or anywhere else. However, a driver’s license doesn’t keep people from being ‘idiots”, as evidenced by the actions of some drivers.
Unless there is a local ordinance to the contrary, a bicyclist on the sidewalk has the same rights a duties as a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
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.
Pedestrians and bicyclists on the sidewalk or crosswalk must obey traffic control devices.
s. 316.130 – Pedestrians; Traffic Regulations
(1) A pedestrian (bicyclist on a sidewalk or crosswalk) shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device