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With mild winters and plenty of flat terrain, Punta Gorda is a wonderful year round place to ride a bicycle.  Whether you haven’t ridden a bicycle in years or ride dozens of miles at a time, Punta Gorda has something for everyone.  For the person that doesn’t own a bicycle the local business community in cooperation withTEAM Punta Gorda (501c3 non-profit), offers a Free Bicycle Loaner program that operates at several area hotels and marinas.  The Punta Gorda Pathways a system bicycle and pedestrian trails winds along the waterfront & through historic neighborhoods connecting many interesting destinations.

 

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Bicycle Etiquette and Florida Law

In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver

Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other   vehicles.

These laws include:

  • Obey Traffic signals & signs
  • Riding with the flow of traffic
  • Using lights at night
  • Yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway
  • Yielding to pedestrians in crosswalk

Other Bicycle Related Laws

  • Bicyclists are allowed on all roadways in Florida except where specifically prohibited
  • Bicyclists have the right to occupy the travel lane if the travel lane is not wide enough for the safe passage of both a vehicle and a bicycle
  • A vehicle passing a bicycle must give a minimum of 3 feet of clearance to the bicyclist
  • Bicycles are permitted on sidewalks
  • Helmets are required for any rider under 16 years old

Shared Path Etiquette

  • Keep right
  • Bicycles ride slowly
  • Stop at driveways and intersections
  • Audibly warn when passing
  • Keep pets under control
  • Listen for audible warning from passing joggers and bicycles
  • Groups or couples give way to passers of oncoming traffic