Bicycles are Vehicles
Jack asked: Are bicyclists that ride on the street considered to be pedestrians or are they supposed to follow the rules of the road as if operating a motor vehicle?
Whether on the street, a sidewalk, bike path or elsewhere, bicycles are vehicles, but not motor vehicles. There are some laws that apply to motor vehicle operators that do not apply to bicyclists.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(2) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power ….
When operating on a sidewalk, bicyclists have the rights and duties of pedestrians but they are still operating a vehicle and some vehicle laws still apply, such as those related to lights, helmets or open containers.
Some penalties related to bicyclists’ infractions are treated as pedestrian violations.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(20) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a pedestrian violation as provided in chapter 318.