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.

Cyclists Stop at Stop Signs

Question Vanessa asked: Can we use the stop sign as a yield sign? Answer Please see this post.

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

Bike Lanes and Stop Signs

Question Stephanie asked: I live in Destin, FL. There are quite a few bike lanes. I am in full support of cyclist safety. My question is are cyclists, riding in bike lanes, supposed to stop at four way stops. It

Stop Sign

Question Kathy asked: I received a ticket this evening for failure to stop at a stop sign. Also from the left came a man on a bicycle and was hit by my failure to stop at the stop sign. The

Red Light at T-intersection

Question Mark asked: If a cyclist is riding in a bike lane or shoulder and come upon a red light, must the cyclist stop if the only intersecting road is on the opposite lane (a T-intersection)? Is there a difference

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

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

Avoiding a Traffic Signal

Question Evan asked: May a cyclist conduct a lawful right on red and then a u-turn and then a right hand turn to expedite travel through a red light?  I have reviewed your posts on motorists crossing double yellows to

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

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?