Sidewalk Cycling in Charlotte County
Crystal asked: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Charlotte County? And if so do I go with traffic or can I go against traffic. I’m uncomfortable being in the bike lane on the road, so unsafe.
I can find no prohibition to sidewalk cycling in Charlotte County. A municipality within the county may have additional regulations or ordinances.
When on a sidewalk, a cyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian and is not required to travel in a specified direction. For a number of reasons, sidewalk cycling has its own hazards. It is recommended that cyclists ride in the same direction as roadway traffic. Motorists entering the roadway seldom look to the right before proceeding, creating a conflict with cyclists crossing from a sidewalk.
Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on the sidewalk.
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.
You can search the county ordinances here.