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.