Impeding Traffic

 

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

All road users routinely and legally delay other road users.  “Impeding” is when a driver delays others in a particular way that has been defined by the state to be unlawful. In florida impeding is defined as follows:

Unlawful Speed: 316.183 (5) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

This law does NOT apply to human powered vehicles.

Impeding traffic is not, in itself, a violation.  There are many situations in which bicyclists legally delay other traffic. They may do so lawfully if traveling in a narrow lane, passing other vehicles, preparing far a left turn, avoiding any unsafe condition, and other situations.  Other drivers must wait until it is safe and legal to pass in those situations.

Drivers encounter many circumstances in which they are slowed or stopped.  Garbage trucks, mail carriers, stopped vehicles, traffic lights, stop signs among many others.

If a driver can safely pass within the lane or by changing lanes, he is not being impeded.

Category: Impeding Traffic

 

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

All road users routinely and legally delay other road users.  “Impeding” is when a driver delays others in a particular way that has been defined by the state to be unlawful. In florida impeding is defined as follows:

Unlawful Speed: 316.183 (5) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

This law does NOT apply to human powered vehicles.

Impeding traffic is not, in itself, a violation.  There are many situations in which bicyclists legally delay other traffic. They may do so lawfully if traveling in a narrow lane, passing other vehicles, preparing far a left turn, avoiding any unsafe condition, and other situations.  Other drivers must wait until it is safe and legal to pass in those situations.

Drivers encounter many circumstances in which they are slowed or stopped.  Garbage trucks, mail carriers, stopped vehicles, traffic lights, stop signs among many others.

If a driver can safely pass within the lane or by changing lanes, he is not being impeded.

Impeding Other Traffic

Question Sean asked: A group of riders and myself (also a rider) were discussing the age old question of whether it’s better, from both a safety and legality standpoint, whether it’s better for us to ride single file in our

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Bicycle Groups and Bike Lanes

Question Elizabeth asked: Every weekend there are cyclists that gather in large numbers. They clump together spilling out of the bike lane and blocking at least half of the road. This requires vehicles to drive at a snails pace until

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Speed Regulation of Bicycles

Question Miguel asked: Is velocity of bicycles on state or local roads regulated in Florida or any other place in USA.

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Group Riders Two Abreast?

Question Harry asked: When bicycles are in groups are they supposed to ride single file or are they allowed to ride side by side?

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BMUFL and Narrow Lanes

Question John asked: Florida State Statute 316.2065 states that bicycles may ride 2 abreast in a single lane but they may not impede the traffic flow. This would mean that the bike the farthest out when traffic approaches from the

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Bicyclists using the Full Lane

Question Chris asked: If there are two lanes for each direction of traffic and no bike lanes, may one or two bicycles use the right whole lane?

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Rude Bicyclist or Rude Motorist?

Question C asked:  Today it was raining as I was driving down University Blvd in Orlando. The speed limit was 45 miles per hour. Directly in front of me in the middle of the lane was a bicyclist riding at

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Two Abreast Impeding Traffic

Question Michael asked:  I recently received a ticket for riding two abreast and impeding traffic on A1A.  The traffic lane is 10′ 2″ with a 3 ft paved shoulder.  I want to contest the ticket based on the 316.2065 substandard

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Normal Speed of Traffic

Question Herman also asked: Does the following apply even if the person riding a bicycle is the only traffic on the road? s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations (5)(a) …. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than

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Wide Vehicles – Narrow Lanes

Question NE2 asked:  Why is 14 feet the accepted minimum for a “substandard-width” lane.  Florida Statute 316.515(1) says that a vehicle may be 102 inches (8.5 feet) wide, not including safety devices (e.g. mirrors). I don’t know how far mirrors

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