Bicycles & Pedestrians

The City of Boca Raton's Bicycles/Pedestrians Program is designed to improve and enhance access to existing facilities and programs, and to increase the public awareness of bicyclists and other pedestrian users of pathways and roadways through the application of four areas:

  • Engineering: Designing, improving, and expanding bike lanes, shared-use paths, bike routes, and sidewalks by taking bold steps to provide safer road systems and sidewalks that will make Boca Raton truly "Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly."
  • Education: Providing knowledge and skills necessary to reduce conflicts between bicycles, pedestrians, and motor vehicles, including helping children develop safe traffic behavior, such as stopping at the edge, searching left-right-left, scanning to the rear, signaling, and avoiding hazards.
  • Encouragement: Promoting biking and walking as a healthy and cost-saving alternative to driving around Boca Raton.
  • Enforcement: Promoting public safety through the enforcement of traffic laws that protect bicyclists and pedestrians.

New Florida Bike Law in Effect

Beginning July 1, 2021, new bicycle regulations went into effect in the state of Florida. These new regulations apply to all bicyclists and include how bicyclists ride on City streets. Visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/950 to learn more about the new regulations.

Among the new rules is that cyclists can only ride two abreast in a bike lane if it is wide enough to fit both riders and clearly designated by pavement markers and signs that it is a bike lane. Riders two abreast is also allowed if the bike lane is separated from traffic by a physical barrier. Otherwise, all bicyclists must now ride single file and as close as possible to the curb or edge of the roadway to give passing traffic a minimum of three feet to pass. Cyclists may only ride more than two abreast if riding on a designated bike path.

Motorists must ensure at least three feet of space when passing riders and remain a safe distance behind the cyclists until able to pass. Also new, motorists wanting to make a right turn must be at least 20 feet past the bicyclists before making that turn.

When cycling groups are at a stop sign, the cyclists must come to a complete stop. Motor vehicles must allow one group of ten cyclists to travel through the intersection before moving forward.

Please take the time to watch the video below explaining the new law.

Citizen's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Board

The Citizen's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Board helps raise awareness for bicycle and pedestrian users of pathways and roadways.  The public is welcome to attend and provide input on pedestrian and bicycling amenities within Boca Raton at the Citizen's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Board.  The board meets at 7:30pm on the second Monday of every month at the City Annex Building.