Club Rides Taking the Travel Lane
Gary asked: In Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores FL, Gulf Blvd is one lane divided by a double yellow line which means no passing. There’s a designated bike lane. These groups of bicycle club riders some times blocks long and 4 abreast refuse to follow the rules to allow cars to pass. This road situation is 5 miles long and they want us to pass. What can be done to make them follow the law and ride single file in the bike lane?
This is a common problem and there are a number of related posts in this section:
The law that requires the use of a bike lane in some circumstances and gives exceptions is this:
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(5)(a)Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride in the lane marked for bicycle use or, if no lane is marked for bicycle use, as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:
When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction
When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway
When reasonably necessary to avoid any condition or potential conflict, including, but not limited to, a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, turn lane, or substandard-width lane, which makes it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge or within a bicycle lane. For the purposes of this subsection, a “substandard-width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
When in a travel lane shared with other drivers, bicyclists may not ride more than two abreast under any circumstances. That restriction does not apply to bicyclists in a bike lane who may ride three or more abreast if the bike lane is wide enough and they are skillful.
(6) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway may not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
Under some circumstances, it is legal to cross the double yellow line to pass. See this post and the included link:
It sounds like the cyclists are violating the law and law enforcement should be informed. In cases like this, the cyclists are usually in a club or other organized group and start their rides regularly at the same location, time and day. The police should have no problem finding the culprits and cautioning them.
You may also want to enlist the aid of your local Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee. They are meeting tomorrow.