What are the Laws Regarding Riding a Bike on a Sidewalk in Florida?

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It's perfectly legal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk in Florida. Sometimes it's a little confusing because when you are riding your bicycle on the street, you are required to go with the flow of traffic. But a bicyclist riding on a sidewalk can go in either direction.

While it's legal to ride your bike on the sidewalk in either direction, it may not be the safest thing to do. Here are a couple reasons why:

1) If a car is pulled up to exit a driveway or parking lot and their intention is to turn right, their attention is focused on the cars coming from the left. A cyclist coming from the driver's right on the sidewalk has great potential to run into the path of the car and a serious accident can occur.

2) Another common way a cyclist could get hit by a driver is when the driver is backing out of a driveway.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.