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Rules in Florida for Bicyclists

  • Obey all traffic controls and signals.

  • Do not ride a bicycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Stay alert – do not text while biking or wear headphones or ear buds so you can hear everything around you.

  • If you are not traveling at the speed of other traffic, you must use the bike lane, and if no bike lane is available, you must stay on the right-most side of the road.

  • You may use the full lane when making a left turn, passing, avoiding hazards, or when a lane is too narrow for you and a car to share it safely.

  • Use directional hand signals to show other drivers that you are about to turn.

  • Never attach yourself or your bike to any vehicle on the roadway.

  • If you are riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk, you have all the rights and duties as a pedestrian. However, you must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

  • Between sunset and sunrise, you must have a white light visible from 500 feet on the front of your bicycle and a red reflector and a red light visible from 600 feet on the rear. Be seen – wear neon or fluorescent colors and wear something reflective when riding at any time during the day.

  • All bicyclists and passengers under age 16 are required to wear helmets. However, it is recommended that all bicycle riders wear a helmet, no matter their age.

  • When riding with others, you may not ride more than two side-by-side unless it is part of a roadway reserved for bicycles; you must ride single file if you and the other rider are impeding traffic.

Instructions for Guided Tours

  • Pay attention and listen for tour guide instructions during the ride

  • When the guide says "single file," all riders should form a single line behind the guide

  • When traveling on a shared road where bicycles and cars are permitted, the tour group should take up the entire lane unless otherwise instructed by the tour guide

  • "Car front" indicates that a car is approaching the front of the group

  • "Car back" indicates a car is approaching the group from behind

  • "On your left" is said when a rider is passing the left side of another rider

  • "On your right" is said when a rider is passing the right side of another rider

  • "Stopping" is said when anticipating an upcoming stop

  • "All clear" is said when there is no traffic and it is safe to cross an intersection

  • "Sidewalk" is said when the group should move from the road to a sidewalk, forming a single line behind the guide

  • When turning left, riders should extend their left arm outward so others behind may know intentions

  • When turning right, riders should extend their right arm outward so others behind may know intentions

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