Dismount in Crosswalk?

Question

Juliet asked: I was wondering after an incident with a crosswalk guard if it was illegal to bike across a crosswalk? I was crossing the street, near my old high school, and a crosswalk guard started yelling at my boyfriend and I for crossing the street on our bikes via the crosswalk. I am new to Florida (really the US) and in other countries it’s totally fine to do that, completely normal. Is it not here? I live in Bradenton if that makes any difference.

Answer

Bicycles are permitted on sidewalks and crosswalks in Florida unless there is a local ordinance to the contrary. There is no requirement to dismount when in a crosswalk.

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.

I can find no local ordinance that would prohibit or modify the state requirements about sidewalk cycling in Bradenton or Manatee County.

You can check the local ordinances by searching for “your city or county” and “muni codes”.

I recommend asking the crossing guard the basis for the directions.

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks
One comment on “Dismount in Crosswalk?
  1. The state has no requirement for a cyclist to dismount before crossing in a crosswalk, and to date I don’t recall that anyone in this forum has identified a local jurisdiction that has an ordinance on the books so requiring. School crossing guards in Florida are trained to ask a child riding a bicycle to dismount before crossing so that the child can be more attentive to traffic hazards.

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