Which Side of the Roadway?


Jennifer asked: Does Florida law state that if it is too dangerous for a bicyclist to ride on the right side of the road with traffic that they can choose to ride on the left?


State law requires bicycles to travel in the direction of other traffic on the roadway..

s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations

(1) Every person propelling a vehicle by human power has all of the rights and all of the duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle ….

s. 316.081 – Driving on Right Side of Roadway; Exceptions

(1) Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway ….

That law was enacted after numerous studies that showed that bicycle travel against the flow of traffic was unsafe.

This article is one of many that explain the reason for the laws.


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