Bike Paths

A bike path is a roadway upon which motorized vehicles may not proceed.  It is not a sidewalk and is physically separated from the roadway.  Bicyclists are not required to use a bike path even if it is adjacent to the roadway.  There are few provisions in the statutes that apply to bike paths, and many are considered multi-use paths for pedestrians and bicyclists.  They may be regulated by the jurisdictions through which they pass.

Category: Bike Paths

A bike path is a roadway upon which motorized vehicles may not proceed.  It is not a sidewalk and is physically separated from the roadway.  Bicyclists are not required to use a bike path even if it is adjacent to the roadway.  There are few provisions in the statutes that apply to bike paths, and many are considered multi-use paths for pedestrians and bicyclists.  They may be regulated by the jurisdictions through which they pass.

Stop Signs on Shared-Use Paths

Question HarryB asked: STOP signs are common traffic control devices facing people on shared-use paths that run parallel to the road and are located within the highway’s right-of-way. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I believe that their installation defies state law,

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Liability for Bike Crash on Shared-Use Path

Question Diana asked: I have a pretty unique situation. I was on a multipurpose sidewalk bike riding with all my safety equipment, i hand signal a right turn and as i was turning i was hit by another cyclist at

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Overtaking & Passing

Remain One Foot from Curb?

Question Dylan asked: What do I say when a police officer tells me that I must stay within 12 inches of the curb?

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Rights & Duties

Shared-Use Path Traffic Control Signals

Question Karl asked: Should a bicyclist obey the vehicle traffic control signals or the pedestrian control signals at intersections when riding on a shared use path that parallels a roadway? There are numerous shared use paths in Florida that are

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Sidewalks & Crosswalks, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Laws for Bike Paths and Shared-Use Paths

Question Patric asked: I am aware of right of way laws for cyclists vs pedestrians on sidewalks and they make perfect sense to me. I always yield to pedestrians there. I often ride the Commodore Trail in Miami, a marked

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths

Jurisdiction Over Bike Path

Question Harry asked: Does the manager of a shared-use path (managed by the DEP) have the authority to permit the public to drive motorized vehicles on it? F.S. § 316.1995 seems to be very clear that no one may drive

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Misc

Trail Signals

Question Harry asked: How can it be legal for a DOT to install a traffic control device, which some people are incapable of obeying? FDOT is redesigning a road crossing on a rural shared-use path because it installed traffic signals

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Rights & Duties, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Unsafe Bike Lanes

Question Graham asked: BC Sheriffs rigorously enforce riding in the bike lane in Weston. However I maintain that they allow parking, joggers, walkers, lawn people and others to use the lanes without any enforcement. Also the condition of the lanes

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Bike Paths

Bike Paths and Bike Routes

Question Amy asked: I am a bike advocate for the city of Anna Maria, Florida, and I cannot find any information on if there is a difference between a bike path and a bike route in the state of Florida.

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths

Electric Scooters

Question Randy asked: I have a Huffy Buzz battery powered scooter. It has a top speed of 11mph. I was stopped by an Orange County sheriff today and he said the only place I can drive it is my driveway.

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Motorized Bicycles, Sidewalks & Crosswalks