Cycling the Florida Keys
David asked: Is it possible to ride my bicycle through the Keys safely and legally. I would start in Miami and like to ride up to Key West.
Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other drivers, except in very few circumstances such as limited access highways like I-95 and the Turnpike.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this chapter, except as to special regulations in this chapter, and except as to provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
You are entitled to use the roadway just as others are, including the roadway from Miami to Key West, the Overseas Highway.
We can’t comment on the safety aspects since there are so many other variables, such as individual roadway conditions and your cycling practices. Other readers may want to comment on their experiences on the Overseas Highway.
This is a link to the Florida Department of Transportation’s website about the Overseas Heritage Trail which shows the completed sections of alternate paths apart from the roadway as of 2010.
You may want to search the internet for others’ trips. Here is one such article chosen at random:
See the other posts on this site to fully understand all the statutes related to cyclists’ rights and duties.