This is a good question. The general rule is that Florida law permits bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk. However, a city, county, or municipality may pass additional rules restricting bicyclists from sidewalks. The City of Gainesville allows people to ride on sidewalks unless specifically prohibited. Check with your area’s code of ordinances.
In answering this question as an accident lawyer, safety is key. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) generally recommends that people 11 years of age and older ride on the street or roadway because it is safer. Motor vehicles may be more aware of bicyclists when they are travelling with the flow of motor vehicle traffic and obeying the same traffic signals.
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