Bicycle Safety and Regulations

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Bicycle Safety and Regulations

 

  1. A bicycle rider or passenger under the age of 16 years must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is fastened upon the rider or passenger’s head by a strap.

 

  1. A bicycle rider may not allow a passenger to remain in a child seat or carrier on a bicycle when the rider is not in immediate control of the bicycle.

 

  1. A bicycle may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his or her person in a backpack or sling.   

 

  1. A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a crosswalk has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.

 

  1. Any person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand upon the handlebars.

 

  1. Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a lamp reflector on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway.

 

A violation of any of these bicycle laws could subject the operator (or parent) to a fine. For a complete list of Bicycle laws please refer to Florida State Statute 316.2065.

  • The Attorney General has recently rendered an opinion prohibiting the operation of “any” motorized scooter on the public streets and sidewalks. Electric and gas powered scooters included. Motorized scooters can only be operated on private property. Anyone operating the scooters can be legally cited for driving an unregistered motor vehicle. Any parent or guardian can be cited for permitting and unauthorized minor to drive a scooter.