Bicycling to work is a healthy way to start your day! It is also the most energy-efficient form of travel and great for the environment. Bicycling reduces energy use, improves air quality, and reduces traffic congestion.
Bicycle Commuting Tips
- Know Your Bike – understand the dynamics of how your bicycle works and make sure it is properly maintained.
- Have a Proper Fitting Helmet – it should be snug, worn level on your head, and cover your forehead.
- Plan Your Route – know where you’re going and how you want to get there before you hit the road.
- Be Seen and Be Safe – make sure to wear bright clothing and put reflectors on your bicycle to help other motorists see you.
- Be Aware While You Ride – keep a look out for cars, trucks, buses, and even pedestrians.
- Be Prepared at Work – make sure to have anything you need to clean up once you get to work, including extra clothing if necessary.
Florida Rules of the Road
In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of motor vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.
Bicycle Regulations (see Section 316.2065, F.S.)
- A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
- A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat for riding.
- No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.
- At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.
- Parents and guardians must not knowingly allow a child or minor ward to violate any provisions of this section.
- Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake or brakes which allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.
For more information on: Sidewalk Riding, Lighting, and Roadway Position, see Section 316.2065 F.S.