Rules of the Road: Bike & Pedestrian Safety

New Florida Bike Law in Effect

New bicycle regulations went into effect in the state of Florida on July 1, 2021. The bill addresses issues relating to bicycle and pedestrian safety. These new regulations apply to all bicyclists and include how bicyclists ride on City streets. Visit www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/950 to learn more about the new regulations.

New Rules

  • No Passing Zones: Allowing motorists to safely and briefly drive to the left over double yellow lines to pass cyclists with a minimum of 3 feet passing distance.
  • Prevent Right-Hook Crashes: When passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, use your turn signal and make the right turn only if the bicycle is at least 20 feet from the intersection and you can safely make the turn.
  • Cyclists Turning Left: A person riding a bicycle and intending to turn left at an intersection is entitled to use the full use of the lane. The cyclist must approach the turn as close as practicable to the right edge of the roadway.
  • Single File with No Bike Lane: Bicyclists must ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
  • Riding Single File vs Abreast: If the bicycle lane is too narrow to accommodate two abreast, the cyclists must ride single file. If the lane is wide enough, cyclists may ride two abreast.
  • Riding More Than Two Abreast: Cyclists may only ride more than two abreast if riding on a bicycle path.
  • Bicycle Overtaking Bicycle in Bike Lane: Bicyclists can pass other bicyclists by safely moving into the roadway, passing and returning to the bike lane.
  • Cyclists at Stop Signs: As a reminder, bicyclists on the roadway are expected to comply with traffic control devices. When stopping at a stop sign, people riding in bicycle groups may proceed through the stop sign in a group of up to 10, after coming to a full stop and obeying traffic laws. Motor vehicles must allow one such group to travel through the intersection before moving forward.

Please take the time to watch the video below explaining the new laws.

Bike Laws

  1. Bicycle = Vehicle

In Florida, a bicycle is legally defined as vehicle, and a person in control of a vehicle is a driver. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadway, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of motor vehicles, along with special regulations for bicycles.

Bicyclists must:

  • Obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • On all roadways ride as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of roadway. Bicyclists should always ride with the flow of traffic.
  1. Riding on Sidewalks
  1. Equipment and Passengers
  1. Signaling Turns and Stops
  1. Wrong-Way Riding
  1. Riding in Traffic
  1. Turning at Intersections
  1. Limited Access Highways
  1. Headsets
  1. Responsibility to Exercise Care
  1. Riding at Night
  1. Wear a Helmet!