Bikes on Daytona Beach


Rhett asked: Can I ride my bicycle anywhere on the sand of Daytona Beach?


I can find no prohibition to riding on the sand on Daytona Beach. Normally, when bike operators are restricted, signage will be posted. To be sure, I suggest asking your police department the same question. You might also ask the folks at the bike rentals.

These are some of the bicycle related requirements of local ordinances for Daytona Beach.

Sec. 94-83. – Cycles, skates and other toy vehicles.

No person shall be upon, ride or otherwise operate any bicycle, tricycle, skates, skateboard, coaster or any other toy vehicle upon or over the boardwalk surface. This prohibition does not apply to commercial pedicabs.


Sec. 94-253. – Operation on sidewalks.

(a) No bicycle shall be operated upon any public sidewalk in a business district as defined in F.S. § 316.003.

(b) Bicycles may be operated upon any public sidewalk in a residential district as defined in F.S. § 316.003. Any bicycle operated on a public sidewalk within a residential district shall be operated in a prudent manner, and no bicycle shall travel abreast or parallel to another bicycle on the sidewalk. Pedestrians upon the sidewalk and vehicles upon the sidewalks which are intersecting with the sidewalk while traveling upon rights-of-way, alleys, or driveways shall have the primary right-of-way upon the sidewalks, and bicycles shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrians and vehicles.


4 Comments on “Bikes on Daytona Beach

  1. Bicycles are allowed on all 51 miles of beaches in Volusia County (Daytona Beach is in Volusia County), although the very north and south ends of the county the sand is too soft to peddle a bike through. You can also ride at night when the beach is closed to vehicles. Bikes and pedestrians are allowed access 24/7/365.

  2. My interpretation is a ‘cycle’ is 2 or 3 wheels. 4 wheels is a Surrey. A cycle can ride on residential walks, a Surrey could not bc it’s 1) not a cycle and 2) the width of a Surrey would equal cycles abreast which is not allowed. Use common sense and you will be in compliance 99% of the time. Coppers are good people but there are Radar Ralph’s in Law Enforcement same as one-off employees in every career. Here’s how I handle police contact: If asked “do you know why you’re being stopped”? Do not say yes, bc blah, blah, blah (what you did) say any other ofense, too close on the light, speeding anything but what you did. It’s important you did not do it intentionally. Or if advised why you’re being stopped start with “sorry about that, I should have known better but I didn’t see the sign etc. If you never had a ticket share that and ask if you could receive a warning. If you argue, tell the officer what the law is or do other than what you are told by the officer, you screwed yourself. That’s on you not the Copper. Lastly, Coppers get tickets from Radar Ralphs. I apologized said I should have know better bc I’m a copper too and showed my ID. Ralph said… ‘Sorry pal it’s not gonna save you this time’! I was in FL on vacation, when I got back to MI I received a letter all radar tickets were cancelled. I believe it was bc no officers had training to use radar and complaint spikes brought it to the attention of the media and jurisdiction authority. That was 1978. That won’t be your luck 2021.

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