Riding bicycles has been a preferred method of transportation and exercise for many residents of the Sunshine State for decades. Like drivers, bicyclists share some of the same legal rights and responsibilities when riding in order to safely share the roads with other vehicles. Whether you are looking to ditch your car in favor of a two-wheeler or are simply looking to go out for a leisurely morning ride, it is important you obey all Florida bike laws to minimize your risk of being injured in a collision.
Bikes Are Considered Vehicles in Florida
Though they lack a motor, bicycles are still classified as vehicles under Florida law. This means that bicyclists have the exact same right to use the roadways as any other motorist, as well as the right to expect others to exercise caution and operate their vehicles in a safe manner. Likewise, bicyclists must obey all of the same traffic laws, including yielding right-of-way, stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding in the same direction as traffic, and using lights at night.
Under Florida Statutes Section 316, bicyclists must:
- Obey all traffic signals and controls
- Have a fixed, regular seat for riding
- Ride with no more passengers than for which the bike was designed
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times
- Ensure children obey all provisions
- Have their bike equipped with a brake capable of stopping within 25 feet on dry, level, and clean pavement while traveling at 10 miles per hour
- Have proper lamps and reflectors on the front and back of their bike
- Ride as close to the right curb as possible except when passing, making a left turn, when travelling at the same speed as traffic, when a lane is too narrow to safely share, or when necessary to avoid hazards.
- Use hand signals to indicate turns
Can Cyclists Ride on the Sidewalk?
Yes. While cyclists are considered vehicles, many prefer to ride on sidewalks because they feel uncomfortable sharing the roadways. Cyclists who ride on a sidewalk or in a crosswalk have the same responsibilities as pedestrians and must yield right-of-way to other pedestrians. However, riding on sidewalks may be prohibited by certain local governments.
Can Cyclists Ride with Headphones or Earbuds?
No. With the exception of hearing aids, Florida law prohibits bicyclists from riding while using headphones, headsets, earbuds, or any other type of listening devices. This is because audio distractions can reduce your situational awareness and prevent you from being able to hear nearby hazards, such as other vehicles and emergency sirens.
Injured? Call Our Coral Springs Bike Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, even the most careful and skilled cyclists cannot ever prepare for the actions of a negligent driver. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact The Law Offices of Jason S. Goodman, P.A. today. Having been fighting for the rights of injured clients throughout Florida for more than 15 years, our Coral Springs personal injury attorney can provide the compassionate and results-driven advocacy you need to pursue maximum financial recovery.
Call (954) 603-2895 or contact our office online today to discuss your claim.