Lane Width & Sharing

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The laws that apply to bicyclists relate to two lane widths, narrow and wide.  A narrow lane is a substandard-width lane if a motor vehicle cannot travel safely side by side with a bicycle within the lane.  In such circumstances a bicyclist need no keep right and may legally impede other traffic

In a wide lane, usually a minimum of 14 feet, bicyclists may not ride two abreast and must keep right to avoid impeding other traffic unless travelling at the same speed or greater than other traffic, passing, preparing for a left turn or avoiding any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition.

Category: Lane Width & Sharing
Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

Click the image above to explore lane width in an interactive graphic.

The laws that apply to bicyclists relate to two lane widths, narrow and wide.  A narrow lane is a substandard-width lane if a motor vehicle cannot travel safely side by side with a bicycle within the lane.  In such circumstances a bicyclist need no keep right and may legally impede other traffic

In a wide lane, usually a minimum of 14 feet, bicyclists may not ride two abreast and must keep right to avoid impeding other traffic unless travelling at the same speed or greater than other traffic, passing, preparing for a left turn or avoiding any unsafe or potentially unsafe condition.

Side by Side Cycling

Question Joe asked: Recent tragedy in Davie FL on SR 84. Two cyclists were killed when a driver hit the outside column of riders. Is it legal under FL statute for cyclists to ride side by side in columns on

Posted in Ask Geo, Group Riding, Lane Width & Sharing

Groups of Cyclists Impeding Other Traffic

Question Anonymous asked: Maybe I’m completely wrong. Saturday, 7/28/18, about 8:30 am, my wife and I were travelling to Leesburg from Orlando. We took County Road 455 as a scenic route on our journey. The portion between The West Orange

Posted in Ask Geo, Group Riding, Impeding Traffic, Lane Width & Sharing

Riding Two or More Abreast

Question Sandy asked: I live in Weston, FL, where there are specific bike lanes. However there are “clubs” that ride together, 2-3-4-5 abreast at times that literally take over the entire right lane for drivers of autos. Is this legal?

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Group Riding, Impeding Traffic, Lane Width & Sharing

Bicyclists Must Ride the Edge Line?

Question Yaroslav asked: I had encountered a furious driver, an unproductive argument (with crazy cussing from him) led to calling the police. In short, cops asked me if I rode this road before and where in particular I was on

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Riding Two Abreast

Question Mark asked: Do double pacelines violate the statute with reference to riding two abreast when one or both lead riders rotate to the back of the line? At that point, they will be riding three or four abreast.

Posted in Ask Geo, Group Riding, Impeding Traffic, Lane Width & Sharing

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

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Impeding Traffic, Lane Width & Sharing

Keep Right and Stop Signs

Question Beth asked: A few situations have happened and I am questioning if the police officer is correct. Riding bike down a 2-lane road with no available shoulder. How much lane usage can I take up? I got stopped for

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Club Rides Taking the Travel Lane

Question Gary asked: In Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores FL, Gulf Blvd is one lane divided by a double yellow line which means no passing. There’s a designated bike lane. These groups of bicycle club riders some times blocks

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Overtaking & Passing

Two Abreast in a Narrow Lane

Question Tim asked: Are you allowed to ride double file on a sub-standard lane?

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Narrow Lane Court Case Outcome

Question Thomas asked: So, I recently inquired about a case in which I received a citation. I just got out of court, and the case was dismissed however it seemed to me that he felt I was wrong but didn’t

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