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.

Sidewalk Cycling in Largo, FL

Question Thomas asked: Is sidewalk bicycling prohibited anywhere in Largo?

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Crossing in Front of Stopped Vehicle

Question Rob asked: If there is a bike path and there is a SUV blocking the path to turn right on a main road and its front bumper is inches from main road. Does the cyclist wait for the SUV

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Sidewalk Bicyclists at Crosswalks

Question Traci asked: If a bicyclist is riding on the sidewalk and comes to a crosswalk are they required to stop or yield before proceeding across the road?

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Sidewalk Cycling in Charlotte County

Question Crystal asked: Is it legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Charlotte County? And if so do I go with traffic or can I go against traffic. I’m uncomfortable being in the bike lane on the road,

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Direction of Travel on a Sidewalk

Question Sharon asked: I live in Manatee County. I have to turn right onto a fairly high trafficked road when exiting my neighborhood. That road has both bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. There is a stop sign where

Posted in Ask Geo, Rights & Duties, Sidewalks & Crosswalks, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Motor Vehicle on Sidewalk

Question Perry asked: I have any battery operated scooter only goes 20 miles an hour. Can I ride on the sidewalk instead of the street?

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Bicycles in Ft. Lauderdale

Question Shannon asked: Is a biker required to use a bike lane even if they do not feel it is safe? For example, in Fort Lauderdale, there is a bike lane going over the 17th street causeway. There is also

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Lanes, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Pedestrian Rights on a Sidewalk

Question Cheryl asked: Living on Harbor Blvd has proved a challenge through the years. I have two dogs that I walk twice a day. There have been many bicyclists who insist on riding the sidewalk. Most of the time this

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Crossing in Front of Stopped Vehicles

Question Giles asked: When a bicyclist is traveling from one side of the roadway to another and comes up upon a roadway/driveway when vehicles are stopped waiting to make a turn into on coming traffic, is the bicyclist required to

Posted in Ask Geo, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Motorized Vehicles on Bike Paths

Question Joe asked: I have been doing some reading and it appears that gasoline assisted bicycles are not legally permitted to operate on a road, where as electrically propelled bikes (under 20mph) are. What about bike paths where not specifically

Posted in Ask Geo, Motorized Bicycles, Sidewalks & Crosswalks