If you are under the impression that you cannot receive a ticket for a traffic offense while riding a bicycle in Florida, please think again. Chapter 316 of the Florida State Uniform Traffic Control, specifically statute 316.2065, outlines traffic laws as they apply to bicycle riders. The statute presents numerous laws that all bicyclists in the Sunshine State are expected to know and follow. The following bicycle violations might result in a ticket.
Detachable Seats and Multiple Riders
A bicycle must have a permanently attached seat, and only one rider may occupy any bicycle at a time.
Unprotected Child Passengers
Children weighing up to 40 pounds may be carried as passengers provided they wear a helmet and are secured in a proper seat that protects them from the moving parts of the bicycle. At no time is a child allowed to remain in the passenger seat when the adult rider is not in control of the bike.
No Helmet (For Bicyclists 16 and Younger)
All bicyclists age 16 and younger are required to wear a well fitting, protective helmet every time they pedal a bike in the state of Florida. Parents who allow children to ride without a well fitting helmet may be charged with negligence. And do not even think about selling a bike to a minor unless that minor owns an approved bicycle helmet. Not just any child’s helmet will do. All helmets worn by anyone under the age of 16 must meet certain standards as outlined in the American National Standards Institute ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards.
Not Obeying Traffic Laws
Bicyclists are required to remain as close to the right side of the road as they can unless they are passing another cyclist or preparing for a left turn. When bicycling on a one-way road, bicyclists may ride as far to the left as possible. There is a common misconception that bicycles should be ridden facing oncoming traffic. That is incorrect! Bicycles are required to drive on the right side of the road, just as are all other vehicles.
Look! No Hands!
Bicyclists are required to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
Contact Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins for Legal Representation
If you think there are a lot of bicycle laws in Florida, you are correct. Violation of any of the above-mentioned laws and subsections can result in a ticket. If you are facing charges, contact us. Our offices are located in Port Richey, Florida, and we serve all of West Pasco County.