Are bicycles allowed on sidewalks in Sebastian?

Human propelled bicycles are allowed on sidewalks in Sebastian, Florida.
Human propelled bicycles are allowed on sidewalks in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – It’s been a topic of debate on whether bicycles are allowed on sidewalks in Sebastian since it’s not considered a “bicycle path.”

So, we reached out to the Sebastian Police Department for answers.

“This is a question that regularly comes up. Bicycles that are human propelled can be operated on the sidewalk or the roadway,” Lieutenant Timothy Wood told Sebastian Daily.

Propelled doesn’t mean motorized, only human propelled bicycles.

Lt. Wood said the operator of the bicycle has to yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and needs to provide an audible signal before passing a pedestrian.

Also, if a bicycle is on the road and there is a lined bicycle lane, they are to use the designated lane. If a bicycle lane is not there, they are to ride as close as possible to the right-hand edge of the roadway.

“The only exceptions to this are when the bicyclist is overtaking another bicycle or vehicle going in the same direction, they are preparing to make a left turn and when having to go around a ‘conflict’ which is impeding their path of travel,” said Lt. Wood.

Also, it is important to remember that any human propelled bicycle utilizing the road, has all of the same rights and duties as all other vehicles on the road.

All of this information falls under Florida State Statute 316.2065. The violations are going to be around $46; however, may vary depending on the violation and the possibility of additional court costs.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.