Biking Florida

The Bikers' Code
Gorp.com

There's always a give and take. If we want to be accepted as a practical form of transportation, we have to, well, be practical. Here's what that means in Florida . . .

Bicycle Advocacy/Bicycle Laws

  • A bicycle is a vehicle with the rights and duties of any other vehicle.
  • Bicyclists shall not ride more than two abreast.
  • Signaling right turns with the right arm extended is allowed.
  • In addition to a front white light & a rear red reflector, a rear red light is required at night.
  • Headphones on bicyclists are illegal.
  • Bicycle facilities are required in most transportation projects.
  • A bicycle plan is required in the transportation element of local comprehensive plans.

Staying Safe and Comfortable

When going out on the trails be sure to bring along plenty of water and some snacks or energy bars if you plan to be out more than a couple of hours. Insect repellent is needed only if you spend much time off the bike or are especially sensitive to mosquitoes; the air currents created by riding will keep off mosquitoes. Wear comfortable shorts, preferably bike shorts with a padded liner. (Cut-offs are irritating after a few minutes of riding.) A compass is helpful in bigger, forested parks. Bike gloves help protect and cushion the hands and a helmet is a necessity, especially if you do any riding on hard surface roads. (Overhanging limbs can give you a good whack, too.) A tool kit with spare tube, wrenches, spoke wrench, chain tool, and pump, is an absolute necessity. Learn how to use them or ride with someone who knows how. (In fact, it's always a good idea to ride with a buddy in the wilds.)

Many thanks to the Florida Department of Transportation for information used in this piece.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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