Ground Lights on Bicycles
Are ground lights permitted on bicycles? See this post for the original question:
The information we provided in the post above is correct, but I wanted to confirm it with the Florida Highway Patrol at FHP@flhsmv.gov
Ground lighting on bicycles is permitted except that the lights cannot be blue, and red lights cannot be visible from the front. Other colors are lawful on bicycles, but not on motor vehicles.
The email string is below. The statutes mentioned are:
s. 316.216 – Authority of Department with Reference to Lighting Devices
(1) The department is authorized to approve or disapprove lighting devices and to issue and enforce regulations establishing standards and specifications for the approval of such lighting devices, their installation, adjustment, and aiming, and adjustment when in use on motor vehicles. Such regulations shall correlate with standards and specifications of the society of automotive engineers applicable to such equipment.
(2) The department is required to approve or disapprove any lighting device of a type on which approval is specifically required in this chapter within a reasonable time after such device has been submitted.
s. 316.241 – Selling or Using Lamps or Equipment
(1) No person shall have for sale, sell or offer for sale for use upon or as a part of the equipment of a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole trailer or use upon any such vehicle any headlamp, auxiliary or fog lamp, rear lamp, signal lamp, or reflector, which reflector is required hereunder, or parts of any of the foregoing, which tend to change the original design or performance, unless of a type which has been submitted to the department and approved.
GM to FHP:
I have had questions about these lights and was wondering if you knew the legal answer about them. Blue Bike Brightz LED Bicycle Safety Light Lightweight Fashion Accessory light the ground up while riding.
Clearly, the blue lights in the website advertisement are not lawful, but we can find no reason the green lights used by the person and shown in this link should not be lawful.
Florida does not permit any ground lighting for motor vehicles or motorcycles regardless of the color. That being said, the Florida Statutes do not address the lighting that you are asking about. You are correct when stating that any type of “blue light” is strictly prohibited by law and the statute only addresses the “white light” in the front and the “red light” in the rear.
Could you provide the basis for that prohibition if it is not statutory? Is it published?
Any lights that are illuminated while a vehicle is in motion on any public roadway in Florida are regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Departtment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This authority can be found in Florida Statute 316.216 & 316.241
Both of those statutes specify “motor vehicle”, and as you stated before, ground lighting on bicycles is not addressed in the statutes. Can I infer then, that ground lighting on bicycles, as long as it is not blue or red, is not unlawful?
We cannot find anything in Florida law that states these lights (other than blue) are unlawful for bicycles.