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.

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

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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

Collision with Bike on a Sidewalk

Question Adam asked: Is there a direction of travel I must take when bicycling on the pavement or walking path? I was recently struck by a vehicle coming out of a parking lot while riding on the sidewalk against the

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Electric Scooters

Question John asked: Are electric scooters allowed to drive on the sidewalk while going over a bridge?

Posted in Ask Geo, Motorized Bicycles, Sidewalks & Crosswalks

Direction on a Sidewalk

Question Robert asked: When sharing the sidewalks with bikers, do I walk against or with the traffic?

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Motorized Wheelchair on the Sidewalk

Question Don asked: What about operating an Electric motorized wheelchair on a sidewalk down a state route in Florida?

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Stop Signs Facing Bike Paths

Question Will asked: Living in central Florida give me the chance to ride some of the best Rail Trails in the USA. So many bike friendly towns in FL have wonderful signage to protect bike riders at marked crosswalks. Sanibel

Posted in Ask Geo, Bike Paths, Sidewalks & Crosswalks, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Crosswalk Crash

Question Ryder asked: The scene is one person is riding their bike on the sidewalk East Bound in Orlando city limits and there is also a Bike route on the road, but they choose to ride on the sidewalk, going

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