Herman asked: As we should know by now, here in Florida, per
F.S. 316.2065 subsection 9:
(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.
we are allowed to operate on the sidewalk, unless there is a local ordinance against it. I have been having a disagreement with a neighbor of mine who is of the opinion that even when we are operating our bicycles on the sidewalk that we’re still required to travel in the same direction as the traffic in the road.
I have tried numerous times to explain to him, showing him F.S. 316.2065 subsection 9 that we’re not. I’ve also explained it to him pointing out that the sidewalk is not a part of the roadway.
What else can I do to show him that he is misinterpreting the law and that Florida law does not say what he is claiming it to say?
You might try asking your neighbor to show you evidence of his position. Does he know of any law that supports what he is saying?
He may be saying that it is safer to travel in the same direction as roadway traffic while on the sidewalk rather than it being required by law. If so, there is some merit to his argument. See other posts on this site for that information.