Bicyclists on the Road
In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a
vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver.
Bicyclists have to obey the same traffic laws as
the drivers of other vehicles.
Bicyclists are required to stop at signs and red
lights, follow the flow of traffic, use lights at
night and stop for pedestrians
Some Rules and Recent
Law Changes and
As of 2012, bicycle lights are able to flash and bike
riders aren’t required to have at least one
A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat.
A bicycle cant carry more people than it was
Every bicycle must have brakes and these brakes
have to allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a
speed of 10 miles per hour.
Most kids only wear helmets, because their mom's tell
them they have too.
Now, all cyclists under 16 must wear helmets.
Parents are happy, because more kids will have to wear
them, which leads to less teasing.
Kids caught riding bikes without helmets can be given $17
The fine for a first offense can be waived by buying a bike
Wearing a bike helmet reduces the chance of head injury
by 85 percent.
26 cyclists in Florida under age 16 were killed in collisions
2,393 were injured - most of them head injuries.
Surveys of cyclists show that those most likely to wear
helmets are adults.
Most likely to get injured or killed on a bike are people
To Wear or Not To Wear?
Kids don't wear helmets in fear of looking dorky
Some schools reward students that wear
helmets with candy, toys, and free fast food
Helmet wearing has gone up due too: Pressure
from parents, TV influence, and more colorful
Prices at bike stores and speciality shops
generally range from about $20 to $40.
Helmets at discount stores typically go for $15 to
The Central Florida Chapter of the National
Safety Council sells bike helmets at all its
branches for about $10.
In 70 percent of police-reported bicycle-motor
vehicle crashes, the cyclists involved had
violated traffic rules.
A national study showed that these violations
were identified as common contributing factors
in bicycle- motor vehicle crashes.
CyclistRiding against traffic on roadway............. 15%
Failure to yield, entering roadway midblock . . . . 12%
Failure to yield at stop or yield sign........... 10%
Cycling at night without lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15%
Failure to yield, signalized or uncontrolled
Florida Bicycle Helmet
1. Any person propelling a human powered
device has to wear a helmet.
2. Must be on the bikes seat.
3a. Bikes are for one person.
b. Children under 40lbs. can be carried in a child
carrier attached to the bike.
c. Rider must be in control of the bike to pull a
child in the carrier.
d. Rider under 16 must wear a helmet.
e. Punishment: Verbal warning, citations, or