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What should bicyclists know about riding laws?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2024 | Bicycle Accidents

Accidents involving bicyclists and motorists or pedestrians can cause serious injury and even death. It is also a good idea for bike riders to understand the road laws that pertain to them.

Being aware of Florida bike laws can help to ensure safety and prevent cyclists from becoming involved in accidents.

Adherence to signals and signs

Cyclists must adhere to traffic signals and signs, just like any other vehicle on the road. This means stopping at red lights, yielding at stop signs and obeying all posted signage. These rules help to maintain order and safety within the flow of traffic.

Travel direction

Florida law requires cyclists to ride in the same direction as traffic. They also must stay as close to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable. This helps to ensure predictability and visibility for both cyclists and motorists. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as when overtaking another bike or preparing for a left turn.

Sidewalk riding

When it comes to riding on the sidewalk, cyclists must exercise caution and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Riders must give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian on the sidewalk to avoid startling them.

Safety rules

Florida law mandates that all cyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while riding. However, it is advisable for riders of all ages to wear helmets to protect themselves in the event of a fall or collision.

When riding between sunset and sunrise, cyclists must equip their bikes with a front white light visible from at least 500 feet away. They must also have a rear red reflector or light visible from 600 feet away.

Cyclists generally have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. However, they also have the responsibility to ride in a predictable manner and communicate intentions to other road users through hand signals and proper positioning. Knowing and obeying bicycle laws is essential for safe and enjoyable cycling experiences on Florida roads.