Bicycles on Toll Facilities
Marcos asked: In Orange County, the 417 toll roadway is my shortest and desirable path to ride my bike in my day by day riding. Is it legal to ride there? I need to ride on the right lane or at the roadside? And what about the toll? Can I go through?
Unless the roadway is a limited access roadway, in which signs should be posted accordingly, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers.
See the following about tolls:
A cyclist who wants to turn onto a highway can’t be expected to know whether the access management classification of the highway is “limited access”. Consequently entrances to such highways are ordinarily posted with signs that announce “…BICYCLES…PROHIBITED” (the signs usually also prohibit “pedestrians” and “motor vehicles less than 5 BHP”). The sign isn’t always visible or legible from the point where one turns off a connecting land-access roadway; it may be posted some way into a long entrance ramp.
In the Orlando area, all highways with the U-shaped toll shield are limited access. The only toll roads you can bike on are the Osceola Parkway and the Goldenrod Road Extension; neither charges a toll for cyclists.
Can you provide reference for this?
In Florida, most highways signed at their entrances with the U-shaped toll route shield sign (word “TOLL” displayed on a green panel on top) prohibit bicycles, but I know of at least one exception. In Santa Rosa County, a section of SR 281/Avalon Boulevard that connects Garcon Point on Escambia Bay to US 98 over the Garcon Point Bridge is signed as a toll highway, but bicycles are not prohibited. (I’ve been told a cyclist does pay a toll on that bridge; online info doesn’t say what the current bicycle toll is.)