Bicycle Equipment

A bicycle must be equipped with certain lights at night and in inclement weather.  Lights on bicycles may flash.  Lights in addition to those required may be used.   Blue lights and red lights visible forward may not be used.   Cyclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets.

Category: Bicycle Equipment

A bicycle must be equipped with certain lights at night and in inclement weather.  Lights on bicycles may flash.  Lights in addition to those required may be used.   Blue lights and red lights visible forward may not be used.   Cyclists under 16 years of age must wear helmets.

Purple Lights

Question Matthew asked:  I got a good deal on some purple LED’s (guess it’s not a popular color). Can I legally use these on the rear and rear sides of a bicycle in Florida?  Answer The purple lights can be used

Many Lights

Question Richard asked:  I came across a bike rider on A1A with about 25-30 blinking LED lights on the back and about 15 blinking white lights on the front. It wasn’t good. Too bright and distracting to drivers. What’s the law

Mirrors

Question Steven asked:  Since bikes must follow the rules of the road, is it required to install side view mirrors if we plan on biking on a road? Answer Although it is hardly known, the following statute applies to all vehicles.  A

Flashing Bicycle Lights

Question Dave asked:  I use a front white flashing light as a daytime running light.  Do state/city rules prohibit flashing white lights after dark?  (I also have flashing amber side lights and red rear lights) Answer Bicycles can be equipped with lights in

Headsets

Question Ron asked:  Can I wear ear buds while cycling in Florida? If not, are Bluetooth speakers permitted? Answer The only applicable statute is in this post.

Power Generated by a Bicycle

Question Joel asked: Does a bicycle have to be a direct pedal drive to be a bicycle? Or can you pedal to generate electricity to power an electric motor, accessories, and charge batteries? Answer As long as the bicycle meets

Bicycle Identification

Question Michael asked: Am I legally obligated or required produce or show my bicycle’s identification and/or serial number to a law enforcement officer if detained/”pulled over” for a bicycle violation? I understand I will be required to identify myself. Answer

Video Evidence

Question Kenneth asked: I’m a daily 25-mile bicycle commuter. I try hard to lead by example, wearing full safety equipment and lighting, following all traffic rules (including full-stops at stop-signs) and generally be a courteous road sharer. Despite this, I

Patrol Belt

Question Howard asked: Recently I asked about placing cards on trucks and cars parked in the bike lane. This actually works and I have seen trucks move after finding the cards. I wonder if wearing a patrol belt while riding

Whistles

Question Michael asked: Due to a recent accident our club is reviewing safety on club rides. The club may require ride leaders and sweeps to carry and use whistles. I have doubts as to whether this is legal, having read