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Florida Bicycling FAQ

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Q: Where are good places to bicycle in Florida?

A: From rural roads with minimal traffic to densely urbanized cities, the Sunshine State has a number of cycling environments from which to choose.  And while most people think of Florida as having little but flat terrain, the fact is that there are both rolling and more challenging hills in a number of places, particularly the central part of the state.  Of course, our state also has many waterways with excellent cycling opportunities nearby, including A1A on the Atlantic coast, barrier island roads along the Gulf of Mexico, and streets that wind around our lakes and along our rivers.  Rails-to-trails and other separate bike facilities are also in abundance throughout Florida, many running through outstanding natural environments.  For more about those, please visit http://www.visitflorida.com/trails/.

Q: What does FBA do for cyclists in Florida and why should I join?

A: FBA is the voice for cyclists of all ages and skill levels when it comes to improving the environment and policies related to bicycling throughout our state.  In order to be effective we have a presence in the State Capitol, work with Florida Department of Transportation, and partner with other organizations and departments to reach our goals.  We also promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, and sport.  And most importantly, FBA provides education services for cyclists, motorists, law enforcement, educators, and the general public through a variety of programs and approaches.  Your membership dollars are well utilized and appreciated.  For more information please visit our “About FBA” pages.

Q: What laws apply to bicyclists in Florida?

A: Generally speaking, bicycles are considered vehicles when on the road and users have the same rights and responsibilities as all others, with some exceptions.  When on pathways where cycling is not prohibited by local ordinance (sidewalks, multiuse paths, and other places where motor vehicles are not allowed) cyclists are considered second-class users with pedestrians having priority in most cases.  For much more about this topic please visit our Florida Bicycle Laws website at http://flbikelaw.org/.

Q: Where can I find bicycle maps for specific locations in Florida?

A: FBA has been trying to secure funding for many years to develop a statewide map and database of local cycling routes and facilities but has not yet been successful in doing so.  For now, FDOT has a webpage with what’s known to exist from various locations.  Another option is to visit the websites of the cities, counties, and regional planning organizations you’re interested in to see if they have bike/pedestrian resources that may include bike maps/routes.  Many do, although some may only be available as online planning documents.