In-Line Skaters in Bike Lanes
Christopher asked: I inline skate at an average speed of 13-15 mph in the bike lane on my local South Florida streets. While 99% of the cyclists are very positive; with words of encouragement, allowing me to draft when I crank up to 16-18 mph and generally courteous, there are some that are negative with “Get out of the bike lane” and much worse.
Bicycle lanes are part of the roadway designated for preferential use by bicyclists.
Florida Department of Transportation Plans Preparation Manual
Bicycle Lane – A bicycle lane (bike lane) is a portion of the roadway (either with curb and gutter or a flush shoulder) which has been designated by striping, special pavement markings, and signing for the preferential use by bicyclists.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Bicycle Lane – A portion of a roadway that has been designated for preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists by pavement markings and, if used, signs.
Preferential Lane – A highway lane reserved for the exclusive use of one or more specific types of vehicles or vehicles with at least a specific number of occupants.
Persons on roller skates are not permitted on the roadway, whether in the bike lane or not.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(12) No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, may go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk.
Although in-line skates are certainly serious exercise equipment these days, the statutes do not consider that.
Highway facilities are not designed for optimum use by all users, and some communities try to accommodate in-line skaters by not strictly enforcing this provision. Some strictly enforce that sub-paragraph. You should check with your local police department or sheriff’s office to determine the policy in your community.