eBikes in Williston
Chester asked: Can an electric bicycle be ridden on the streets and sidewalks in Williston, Florida.
Bicycles are permitted on the roadway and on sidewalks in Florida unless there is a local ordinance to the contrary. I can find no such ordinance for Williston or Levy County. I suggest checking with your police department to confirm this information.
s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations
(9) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
(10) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
Bicycles equipped with electric assist motors are considered bicycles if they meet the statutory definition.
s. 316.003 – Definitions
(2) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which a person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device.
With few exceptions, only human powered vehicles may be operated on sidewalks.
s. 316.1995 – Driving Upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path
(1)…. a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
(3) This section does not apply to motorized wheelchairs.
A bicycle equipped with a motor could only be used on a sidewalk with the motor power entirely disabled.