Bicycles Yield to Pedestrians on Sidewalks
David asked: I live in a HOA community, which has certain guidelines as well as city ordinance for curbing and leashing dogs. I was walking my dog as usual in my community and was on common area side walk, when all of a sudden a bicycling individual was speeding down the sidewalk from opposite direction of traffic on the sidewalk (towards my back) he had plenty of time to redirect, but kept coming with no warning, and my dog was reacting to the close proximity and started to run, the cyclist did not stop and came between me and my dog and ripped the leash out of my hand knocking me down, scared my dog who ran away. He did stop after I fell. Is there not a rule here?
There is a statute that addresses pedestrians and bicyclists on the sidewalk. On sidewalks subject to state and local laws, bicyclists must always yield to pedestrians.
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.
However, an HOA can be considered private property and may or may not be subject to state and local laws. See this post and check with your HOA board of directors.