In Florida, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as motorists. Use these tips to ensure your and others’ safety. For a full list of Florida bicycle traffic laws, visit leg.state.fl.us/statutes
Ride on the Right
- Always ride the same direction as traffic
- Ride as far to the right as practicable
Follow Traffic Laws
- Obey all traffic control devices such as stop signs and signals
- Don’t run red lights
- Signal when turning
Wear a Proper Fitting Helmet
- Children below the age of 16 are required by Florida law to wear a helmet
- Make sure the helmet fits properly on top of the head, not tipped back
- Replace your helmet after any crash or impact
- Ride in a straight line and do not swerve between parked cars
- Check for traffic before entering any street or intersection
- Give an audible warning to pedestrians before approaching from behind, always ride slowly if on the sidewalk and yield to pedestrians
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- At night, Florida law requires cyclists to use a white front light and a red rear light
- Make eye contact with motorists
The City periodically places traffic variable message boards throughout the City to deliver ‘share the road’ messages to the public. Also, safety Information is distributed at events and through various bike shops and local businesses.
Engineering and Planning
Orlando has planned out the bicycle network and has several working maps for existing and planned bicycle lanes, signed routes and multi-use trails.
Green Bike Lanes
A green bike lane is a segment of a standard bike lane that has been colored with retro-reflective paint to increase the visibility of the bike lane. The City has installed a green bike lane on Rosalind/Magnolia Avenue from Colonial Drive to South Street.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials supports the use of colored pavement within a bicycle lane, recognizing the following benefits of implementation:
- Increases visibility of bicyclists
- Promotes the multi-modal nature of a corridor
- Discourages illegal parking in the bike lane
- Raises motorist and bicyclist awareness to potential areas of conflict
- Increases bicyclist comfort through clearly delineated space
- Increases motorist yielding behavior
- Helps reduce bicycle conflicts with turning motorists
Green Bike Lanes FAQ
Will green bike lanes become a standard treatment in the City of Orlando?
The City of Orlando is currently evaluating further implementation of green bike lanes on high-use corridors.
Are cars allowed in the green bike lane?
Drivers may use the green bike lane only for the following maneuvers:
- Making a right-hand turn
- Pulling into designated driveways
- Maneuvering into designated on-street parallel parking
Buses may also move temporarily into the green bike lane when dropping off and picking up passengers at designated stops.
How do I make a right turn in a car when there is a green bike lane?
Once the green bike lane becomes dashed, using your turn signal, identify your intent of the turn. When safe to do so, move over towards the curb on top of the dashed green bike lane. This will alert bicyclists to your intent and keep them from passing on the right. Bicyclists should queue in line with vehicles. If a bicyclist is stopped and intends to go straight at the intersection, the vehicle should wait a safe distance behind the bicyclist.
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