Bicycle Groups and Bike Lanes
Elizabeth asked: Every weekend there are cyclists that gather in large numbers. They clump together spilling out of the bike lane and blocking at least half of the road. This requires vehicles to drive at a snails pace until they can reach a safe passing area. Shouldn’t they be riding in single or double file to not come out of the bike lane? Is blocking the flow of traffic legal?
A bicyclist impeding other traffic is not necessarily unlawful under certain circumstances. For example in narrow lanes, when passing another vehicle, when traveling at the normal speed of traffic, and when the bike lane or right side of the road is unsafe for any reason. See this post:
If bike lanes are present and none of the conditions above exist, they are violating the law if they are riding outside the bike lane.
In any case, bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast under any circumstances and then must ride within a single lane, the bike lane in this case.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(6) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and shall ride within a single lane.