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.

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

Riding on Left Side With Traffic

Question Andrew asked: Living in Naples I ride on some 6 lane divided roadways that don’t always have a bike lane. When these roads do not have a bike lane, am I restricted to only riding on the right side

Direction of Travel Private Property

Question Linda asked: The BOD just passed that residents could ride their bicycles toward traffic in our community that is considered private property.  Question is, we have lots of traffic from vendors such as UPS, Fed Ex, electricians, plumbers, builders

Quadricycle and Rights and Duties

Question Steve asked: Do y’all think it would be a good idea to have the law changed to specifically define quadricycles as bicycles so that they can be legally ridden like any other bicycle?

Sidewalk/Roadway Rights and Duties

Question Phillip asked: My understanding is in Florida that if I ride my bike on the sidewalk I am considered a pedestrian for all practical purposes. If I am on the sidewalk and come to a red light, can I