Florida bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of automobiles and motorcycles (e.g., obey all traffic control devices, ride with traffic, yield to traffic before entering a road, etc.). However, bicyclists also have additional privileges. For example, bicyclists are allowed to ride on sidewalks and when riding on sidewalks are given the same rights and duties as pedestrians, unless sidewalk riding is prohibited or restricted by local ordinances.

Furthermore, bicyclists are considered pedestrians under the Florida No Fault Law and as such are entitled to Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits when hit by a motor vehicle. See Florida PIP Coverage. Thus, for a bicyclist to qualify for the PIP benefits there must be some contact with the motor vehicle. The PIP benefits may be paid through the bicyclist’s own auto insurance policy, through a resident relative’s auto policy, or through the at fault driver’s auto insurance. Although bicyclists are covered under the PIP law, they are not required to prove that they suffered a permanent injury to be able to recover future medical care and pain and suffering damages.

Also, a bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 feet to the rear. A bicyclist who is not traveling at the same speed of other traffic must ride in a designated bike lane or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. Failure to comply with Florida bicycle laws could be used to charge the bicyclists with comparative fault reducing the amount of recoverable damages.

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