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Florida bicycle laws

In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the operators of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, and yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway.

Some highlights:

  • A bicyclist must obey all traffic controls and signals.
  • A bicyclist must use a fixed, regular seat for riding.
  • No bicycle may be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.
  • At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding.
  • Parents and guardians must not knowingly allow a child or minor ward to violate any provisions of this section.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with a brake or brakes which allow the rider to stop within 25 feet from a speed of 10 miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.

For more, see the Florida Bicycle Association, or see the full code.

Bike repairs

Can’t make it out to the Co-Op or can’t wait to make the fix? Here are some great sites to help you out.

Sheldon Brown the man, the myth the legend. Although Sheldon passed on in 2008, he left the world his extensive wealth of bicycle knowledge on his site. If you are looking for answers to obscure questions they can usually be found here.

Park Tools can be found in every professional bike shop in the world (including ours). On their site they have a great guide to repairs and maintenance procedures.

Bicycle Tutor is an online video archive walking you through everything from the very basics to complicated and unusual procedures. Highly recommended.

Rides

There are a lot of great places to ride in Tampa Bay. Here is a list of some popular ones.

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