Bicycling Law in Florida

Bicycling Law in Florida

My wife, Diane, and I enjoy our local community by bike riding throughout the area.  It’s a wonderful sport but it can be very dangerous if you’re not careful.  When I was a young man, my parents used to tell me to ride in the opposite direction of traffic on my bicycle so I could see the cars coming toward me. Sounds like great advice but it actually was incorrect.  Florida law treats a bicycle as a vehicle and the bicyclist is called a driver.  We are governed by the same laws that motor vehicles follow.  Thus, we have to operate our bicycle in the same manner. In other words, if you’re traveling at the same speed as a vehicle, you’re allowed to travel in the vehicular lane.  If you’re traveling slower, you have to move over to the bike lane or as far to the right as you possibly can. We have to observe traffic lights, stop signs and yield to oncoming traffic just like a vehicle. It can be very dangerous as well because there are vehicles out there sharing the road with us and they don’t respect the bicyclists.

So be careful.  Happy riding. And if you ever have any issues with a bicycle accident or you just want to ask questions of us concerning bicycles in Florida, feel free to contact my office. My name is Chuck Philips and I’m a personal injury attorney.