Florida bicyclist have the same rights as other vehicle operators, but are also bound by the same laws
Since Florida legally defines a bicycle as a vehicle, the same rules and laws apply equally to bicyclist and operators of other vehicles. Some of the following are highlights of Florida law pertaining to operating a bicycle:
-A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signs
-A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat for riding
-No bicycle may be used to carry more passengers at time than the number for which it is designed or equipped (there is an exception for a properly mounted child seat)
-A bicycle rider or passenger under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet fastened securely to the head. The helmet must meet national safety standards.
-At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding
-Every bike must be equipped with a brake or brakes which allow the rider to stop within 25 ft from a speed of 10 mph on dry, level, clean pavement
-When riding on sidewalks or in crosswalks, a bicyclist has the same rights and duties as a pedestrian
-bicyclist must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
-some local governments prohibit sidewalk riding. Check with your local government.
-A bicycle operated at night must have a lamp on the front which is visible for 500'
-A bicyclist must not wear a headset, headphone or other listening devices other than a hearing aid.
These are just some of Florida's rules and regulations governing the use of a bicycle on our roads. By following these rules, accidents can be avoided. If bicyclist, motorist and pedestrians treat each other with care and respect, then everyone can enjoy the scenic roads of Volusia and Flagler county