Rights & Duties

stopped_at_lightGenerally, bicyclists and other operators of human powered vehicles have the same rights and duties as other drivers unless specified in the statutes.

For example, cyclists must not drive too fast for the conditions:

s. 316.183 – Unlawful Speed

(1)No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.

but are not subject to the slow speed and impeding traffic provision because they are not motor vehicles.

(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

Under certain conditions, cyclists must keep right and in bike lanes, but there are many exceptions specified in the statutes.

Bicyclists on the sidewalk have the same rights and duties as pedestrians.

The most basic right of all vehicle operators, including bicyclists, is that they are entitled to the use of the roadway.

Category: Rights & Duties

stopped_at_lightGenerally, bicyclists and other operators of human powered vehicles have the same rights and duties as other drivers unless specified in the statutes.

For example, cyclists must not drive too fast for the conditions:

s. 316.183 – Unlawful Speed

(1)No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.

but are not subject to the slow speed and impeding traffic provision because they are not motor vehicles.

(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

Under certain conditions, cyclists must keep right and in bike lanes, but there are many exceptions specified in the statutes.

Bicyclists on the sidewalk have the same rights and duties as pedestrians.

The most basic right of all vehicle operators, including bicyclists, is that they are entitled to the use of the roadway.

Group Rides

Question Larry asked:  My name is Larry Wallace and I am the Bike/Ped Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I have been receiving several questions regarding what is the law regarding large bicycle groups taking the

Improper Citations?

Question MW stated: Not a question, but an attempt to make known that The Hillsboro Police Dept. is issuing $165.00 tickets on first offense to bicyclist for traveling on A1A between Deerfield Beach and Pompano. Added to Light House Point’s

How Many on a Bike?

Question Paul asked: Is it illegal to ride a bike with somebody else? Answer s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations (3)(a) A bicycle may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is

Which Side of the Roadway?

Question Jennifer asked: Does Florida law state that if it is too dangerous for a bicyclist to ride on the right side of the road with traffic that they can choose to ride on the left? Answer State law requires

Road Closed to Bicycles

Question Larry asked: Re the following – does this apply to highway ENTRANCES and EXITS, e.g. ACCESS roads that are NOT the highway? I ride my bike to work, and there is about ONE mile between bike lanes, including an

Bikes on I-95

Question Patricia asked: Is it illegal to ride my bicycle down the side of 95? Answer Riding a bicycle on any part of the right of way of I-95 is not lawful except as indicated in the statute. Signs should

Bicycles on Beaches

Question Lisa asked: Can you ride a bike on any beach in Florida? Answer There is no statute that prohibits riding on a beach in Florida.  There may be local ordinances that restrict access to certain places by bicyclists.  You

Bicycles on Sanibel Island

Question Pam asked: If there is a bike path, can bikers still ride on the street on Sanibel Island, Fl Answer Lacking a local ordinance to the contrary, operators of human powered vehicles have the same rights and duties as

Dirt Bike on Right of Way

Question Michael asked: Is it illegal to ride my dirt bike on the side of the road with my dirt bike in Florida since it is not street legal? Answer Operating a motor vehicle on the right of way of

Sidewalk Cyclist and Emergency Vehicles

Question Glen asked: If riding on sidewalk, but not at intersection, do I need to stop when an emergency vehicle is passing by? Answer Drivers of vehicles in the roadway are required to yield to an emergency vehicle or other