Yes, there are some special laws. For instance, if you’re under 16 you’re required to wear a helmet. If you’re riding at night, you’re required to have a light. If you are riding on the sidewalk, you must yield to pedestrians. If you’re riding with traffic, but more slowly than traffic, you must stay to the right. Because of Florida’s year-round access to the outdoors, bicyclists are a frequent sighting, but many forget that riding a bicycle on public roadways is a privilege, which requires caution and care.
In large part bicyclists are treated like motor vehicles but there are certainly special rules that apply to bicyclists. For instance if you’re under 16 you’re required to wear a helmet. If you’re riding at night, you need to have a light. If you are riding on the sidewalk, you need to yield to pedestrians. If you’re riding your bike slower than traffic, you need to stay to the right. Obviously if you’re going to turn left then you would want to get in the left lane. But yeah, there are some peculiar laws that apply to bicyclists just by nature of the fact that bikes are separate and different types of transportation as compared to motor vehicles.
Julie S. Luhrsen, Esq.
Julie Luhrsen represents the injured. Like Atticus Finch, the fictional hero of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, for Julie it’s about looking out for others, it’s about leveling the playing field.
For over 20 years, Julie’s been looking out for personal injury victims and their families who’ve suffered injuries due to someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing. She’d welcome the chance to stand in your shoes and evaluate your case – confidentially and at no cost. Please contact her today if you or a loved one has been a victim of an automobile crash, motorcycle wreck, slip or trip and fall incident, homeowner negligence, or any other negligent injury or wrongful death.