Biking is a fun and effective way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. In Florida, bicycles are vehicles that are propelled either solely by human power or a combination of human and electric power that propels the bike at 20 mph or less. When riding your bicycle in Florida, riders need to follow basic safety rules to protect themselves and others.
Bicyclists under age 16 must wear a helmet when riding. If you ride your bicycle at night, the bicycle must have a red reflector on the back. In addition, you must have a white light visible from 500 feet away and a red lamp visible from 600 feet away. Each bike must have brakes that allow the bike to completely stop within 25 feet when riding at a speed of 10 mph.
Bicycles may ride on sidewalks but must yield right of way to pedestrians. In addition, bicyclists must follow the rules and regulations that pedestrians follow on sidewalks. Bicyclists should also verbally communicate to pedestrians they pass.
Bicyclists must signal all turns with the designated hand signals. Bicyclists also must signal all stops or sudden reductions in speed.
Bicyclists in Florida may carry an additional child passenger in a backpack, child seat or trailer. However, additional passengers on the bicycle are not permitted if the bike was not specifically designed and equipped for more than one person.
Bicyclists must ride on the right side of the road and always maintain at least one hand on the handlebars when riding. Bicyclists are not allowed to wear headsets when riding as they may become distracted.