Is there a law that requires a bicyclist to use a marked and signed bicycle lane? Are there any exceptions?
This is a revision to a previous post about this question.
As of September 2010, there is a requirement for bicyclists to remain in lanes marked for use by bicyclists under certain circumstances. The revised language in the statute is highlighted.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked for bicycle use, as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway ….
Some may believe that cyclists are always required to remain in bike lanes, which is not true. The exceptions to the “keep right” rules remain the same for bike lanes. The rest of section (5)(a) is unchanged and continues:
…. except under any of the following situations:
1. When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.
2. When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
3. When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, turn lane, or substandard-width lane, which makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge or within a bicycle lane.
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