Pedestrians in Bike Lanes
John asked: I live in a deed restricted community in Tampa Florida (a master planned community) with clearly marked “bike lanes” and adjacent sidewalks. Frequently, when I am riding in the marked bike lane, I run into runners, joggers, or walkers that are moving in the opposite direction in the bike lane. I’ve had people literally cuss at me and motion for me to move out of the way. I would like to bring this issue up in the next board meeting. Am I in the wrong? Are these runners and walkers in the right? I was under the impression that the bike lane is to be used only by bicyclists, and is not a shared path for all pedestrians. Your clarification on this citing defining statutes would be very helpful. Also, are there any signs that the city or county can post to spell out to those with questions in an effort to prevent these conflicts?
Bike lanes, if properly marked, are part of the roadway and are for the preferential or exclusive use of cyclists. This post will answer your questions about the laws.
I am not aware of signage that would state these laws, which are self-explanatory.
Your seeking assistance from the board is a good approach. They might want to advertise the laws in your local newspaper or community newsletter.
You may also want to contact your local police and ask them to conduct operations to advise pedestrians and others of the laws.
The lack of understanding of the laws may be widespread in the county and you may want to contact the Hillsborough MPO Bike/Ped Committee to ask if they can assist or have educational resources that might apply.