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Bicyclist Facilities and How to Ride Them
Most of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) bicycle facilities are on-road, so you'll be riding with traffic in many cases. Statistically, cyclists who ride with traffic and follow the rules of the road are the safest cyclists and least-likely to be involved in a crash. Take a few hours to learn how to ride safely in traffic - there are links to great sites from this web page, or better yet, find a Cycling Savvy - http://cyclingsavvy.org/ or League of American Bicyclists class in your area.
Florida DOT builds, operates, and maintains a wide variety of streets and roads. There is no "one size fits all" bikeway that can operate safely in all these conditions. This page covers the various types of bikeways used on FDOT roads, the types of roads where you might expect to find them, and how to ride safely on them. Before taking your bicycle on our state's roads, please be sure your bike is ready for the trip - whether you are going across the state or just across the neighborhood. Bicycles operated on the road in Florida must: 1. have brakes that will stop the bicycle within 25' from a speed of 10 mph on dry ground (if you have any brakes at all, they probably meet this requirement) 2. have a front white light and a red rear light if operated between sunset and sunrise (if you ride much at all, you'll be out after dark sooner or later. Go ahead and get some lights!) 3. And bicyclists (passengers or drivers) under the age of 16 MUST wear a bike helmet. Even if you're over 16, a bike helmet is strongly recommended! 4. For a complete list of Florida's bicycle laws, go the Florida Bicycle Association - www.floridabicycle.org for plain-language descriptions.
The bikeways you'll find on FDOT roads include the following:
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