Stop Signs & Red Lights

Bicyclists must comply with stop signs and traffic signals and all other traffic control devices such as pavement markings since they are operating vehicles.  Intersections present special problems and unsafe conditions for cyclists, so when proceeding straight, moving to the center of the through lane is legal and recommended, even if a bike lane is present.

Group Riding

corrine2Cyclists riding in a group are not entitled to any special treatment.  They are individuals operating vehicles.  They must comply with the statutes that require single file or no more than two abreast in a single lane.  Cycling more than two abreast, except in a bike lane, or in more than a single lane is never permitted.

Bicyclists in a group are treated as individual vehicle operators in the law and must comply individually with traffic control devices. Discretion is suggested since strict compliance with this statute may result in inordinate delays for other traffic.  For example, if each cyclist in a long line of singled up cyclists in turn stops and yields at a stop sign, other drivers behind them may be seriously delayed in crossing the intersection.  Slowing and crossing as a group may facilitate traffic flow, but provisions for that are not in the statutes.

Category: Stop Signs & Red Lights

Bicyclists must comply with stop signs and traffic signals and all other traffic control devices such as pavement markings since they are operating vehicles.  Intersections present special problems and unsafe conditions for cyclists, so when proceeding straight, moving to the center of the through lane is legal and recommended, even if a bike lane is present.

Group Riding

corrine2Cyclists riding in a group are not entitled to any special treatment.  They are individuals operating vehicles.  They must comply with the statutes that require single file or no more than two abreast in a single lane.  Cycling more than two abreast, except in a bike lane, or in more than a single lane is never permitted.

Bicyclists in a group are treated as individual vehicle operators in the law and must comply individually with traffic control devices. Discretion is suggested since strict compliance with this statute may result in inordinate delays for other traffic.  For example, if each cyclist in a long line of singled up cyclists in turn stops and yields at a stop sign, other drivers behind them may be seriously delayed in crossing the intersection.  Slowing and crossing as a group may facilitate traffic flow, but provisions for that are not in the statutes.

Keep Right and Stop Signs

Question Beth asked: A few situations have happened and I am questioning if the police officer is correct. Riding bike down a 2-lane road with no available shoulder. How much lane usage can I take up? I got stopped for

Posted in Ask Geo, Lane Width & Sharing, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Yield to Bicyclists and Pedestrians at Intersections?

Question Barry asked: If I’m driving a car and approach an intersection with a stop sign. Do I yield to pedestrians and cyclists approaching on a sidewalk or are they supposed to yield to vehicles in this instance?

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

Shared-Use Path Traffic Control Signals

Question Karl asked: Should a bicyclist obey the vehicle traffic control signals or the pedestrian control signals at intersections when riding on a shared use path that parallels a roadway? There are numerous shared use paths in Florida that are

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

Bicycles Passing on the Right

Question Jacci asked: I drive a car to work on Brickell, which is a haven for bicyclists. I respect that and their rights by not only looking both ways twice at an intersection, but also obeying the law when a

Posted in Ask Geo, Making Turns, Rights & Duties, Stop Signs & Red Lights

Cyclists at Stop Signs

Question Colleen asked: My daughter was riding her bicycle in the bike lane on roads of a Florida college campus. She came to a 3-way stop and slowed but saw no one was coming and continued thru the intersection. She

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

Bicyclists Stopping at an Intersection?

Question Sharon asked: When waiting for a light to change to go through an intersection, where must a bicycle stop? I remember hearing that a cyclist could move forward into the crosswalk area.

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Bike Path Crosswalk

Question Harry asked: Recently the city of Inverness, FL redesigned a major crossing of the Withlacoochee State Trail which I fear has increased the danger for trail users who are attempting to cross N Apopka Ave. I’m hoping you can

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Inoperative Signals

Question Shawn asked: I recently read this article from my home state: http://www.jsonline.com/news/traffic/motorcycles-running-red-lights-its-the-law-sometimes-b9984295z1-221369311.html Basically, if your bike or motorcycle isn’t being picked up by traffic lights, you are allowed to run the light.  Does FL have a similar statute?

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Bicycles in Crosswalks

Question Herta asked: If a bicycle is on the sidewalk on a right of way and crosses an intersection with a car coming out of a side street with a stop sign, who goes first, the bicycle or the car

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Bike Path Stop Signs

Question Jeanne asked:  Is it required that you stop at the posted stop signs on the bike paths if no one is coming? Is this considered a moving violation?  Some of the stop signs on the path off Hwy 70

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