Bicycling Laws and Safety

Street Lights 1 Florida Safe Bicycling Tips

Ride on the roadways, not the sidewalk. Sidewalk riding is two times more dangerous than road riding as motorists do not expect bicyclists at roadway and driveway intersections. Bicyclists may ride on sidewalks (except on Miracle Mile) but must yield to pedestrians [§316.2065(11)].

Always ride on the right half of the roadway [§316.081] in the same direction as traffic. Riding against motorist traffic increases the risk a cyclist will get hit two to four times. A cyclist may be cited for riding against the flow of traffic, the same as an automobile.

Obey all traffic control devices – signs, markings and traffic signals [§316.074].

You must equip your bicycle with a front white light and a rear red light when traveling between dusk and dawn [§316.2065(8)]

You must not wear headsets, headphones or listening devices, other than a hearing aid [§316.304].

You must NOT use a bicycle to carry more persons at a time than that for which the bicycle was designed or equipped. Bicycle pegs are not acceptable for carrying a person [§316.2065(3)].

Always wear a securely fastened, properly fitted bicycle helmet if the rider or passenger is under 16 years of age [§316.2065(3)(d,e)].

Coral Gables Rules to Know

Bicycles, when parked in the business district, shall be parked in zones or places designated and marked for that purpose. It shall be unlawful for any person to park any bicycle along buildings in such a manner as to interfere with pedestrians, or along roadways where they may interfere with traffic, or with persons getting into or out of motor vehicles.

The riding of bicycles upon the pedestrian sidewalks on Miracle Mile shall be prohibited and unlawful with the exception of law enforcement officers in performance of their duties.