Bicycles on the Sidewalk
Jim asked: I was driving my car on US 1 and wanted to turn right into a Publix shopping plaza and two Adult bicyclists were riding on a sidewalk and were not paying attention and turned at the same place and time I wanted to turn they did not even look to see if a car was going to turn off US 1, if I wasn’t paying attention I would’ve run them over, and they continued to ride in the parking area side by side and would not get over and were not allowing me to go by them, so I had to wait until they turned and continued in another direction. My question is were they following the Florida Bicycle laws?
Probably, but it is hard to tell from the information provided.
Bicyclists on the sidewalk or crosswalk have the same rights and duties as pedestrians in the same circumstances. They had the right of way in the crosswalk, the connection between two sidewalk areas, whether it was marked as a crosswalk or not.
Once they were in the driveway of the parking lot they were probably in a substandard-width lane, which is one that is less than 14 feet wide, and did not have to keep right and move out of your way. I’m sure they appreciated your patience since you waited, and did not do something illegal or dangerous, even though you had to wait s few seconds or possibly as long as a minute.
This is discussed in detail in the posts on Sidewalks and Crosswalks and Substandard-width Lanes.