Sidewalks & Crosswalks

All sides of the intersection are crosswalks — marked or not, regardless of whether the sidewalk is paved or not.

All sides of the intersection are crosswalks — marked or not, regardless of whether the sidewalk is paved or not.

Sidewalk Operation:

316.2065 (9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

316.2065 (10) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

Bicycles can be legally operated on all Florida sidewalks and crosswalks unless a local ordinance prohibits it.  When on a sidewalk, the operator is operating a vehicle and must use helmets and lights when required, and is subject to the DUI laws.  Otherwise, the operator has the rights and duties of a pedestrian, but must yield to all pedestrians.

Resources:

The rights and duties of pedestrians are explained in more detail at Best Foot Forward, an Orlando-based initiative for pedestrian safety.

CommuteOrlando offers a visual primer on crosswalk challenges.

Category: Sidewalks & Crosswalks
All sides of the intersection are crosswalks — marked or not, regardless of whether the sidewalk is paved or not.

All sides of the intersection are crosswalks — marked or not, regardless of whether the sidewalk is paved or not.

Sidewalk Operation:

316.2065 (9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

316.2065 (10) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

Bicycles can be legally operated on all Florida sidewalks and crosswalks unless a local ordinance prohibits it.  When on a sidewalk, the operator is operating a vehicle and must use helmets and lights when required, and is subject to the DUI laws.  Otherwise, the operator has the rights and duties of a pedestrian, but must yield to all pedestrians.

Resources:

The rights and duties of pedestrians are explained in more detail at Best Foot Forward, an Orlando-based initiative for pedestrian safety.

CommuteOrlando offers a visual primer on crosswalk challenges.

Parking on Sidewalk

Question Jessica asked:  I was riding my bike on the sidewalk and a large van was parked illegally blocking my path of the sidewalk. I drove off into the grass to go around the vehicle. The sidewalk and the ground were

Crosswalk Lights

Question Jeffrey asked:  Many busy streets have non-intersection crosswalks, where pedestrians activate flashing yellow (not red) lights to alert traffic to stop to allow pedestrians to cross: Is it legal for a bicyclist to use these if they are not walking

Sidewalks in Tampa

Question Marlon asked:  Is it legal to ride my bicycle on Tampa sidewalks? Answer In general, it is legal to ride on sidewalks unless a local ordinance to the contrary is in effect. s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations (9) A person

Is a Bicyclist on a Sidewalk a Pedestrian?

Question SO asked:  I understand that a bicyclist is a pedestrian when on a sidewalk.  Is that correct? Answer No.  A bicyclist on the sidewalk is not a pedestrian but has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

Direction on Sidewalk

Question Herman asked: As we should know by now, here in Florida, per F.S. 316.2065 subsection 9: (9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk,

Riding in the Roadway Required?

Question David asked: When you are riding your bike and there is a designated bike lane are you required by Florida law to ride your bike in that lane and not on the sidewalk? I was riding my bike on

Bicycle Crash in a Crosswalk

Question Natalie asked: If a cyclist is riding their bike down a sidewalk and crosses a side street are they considered to have the same rights as motorists or as pedestrians? A cyclist was possibly hit while crossing a side

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

Confusing Crossing

Question Harry asked: A couple of weeks ago FDOT realigned a popular shared-use path (“trail”) so it crosses a roadway much closer to the nearby signalized intersection. At the old location STOP signs faced trail users as they approached the