Miami is a great place to ride a bike. But understanding the rules of the road is as much a rider’s responsibility as anyone behind the wheel of an SUV. In the eyes of the law, bicycles are vehicles and will be treated as such under any and all circumstances.

Safety First

In order to ensure the safest circumstances when on a bike, it’s important a cyclist be prepared and knowledgeable. The first step is taking safety and defensive courses designed specifically for bicycles through one of Florida’s civic groups, state government organizations or local law enforcement agencies.

Know Your Route

While cycling is a wondrous way to get around Miami, this only applies if you travel safe. The state has developed a range of routes and parks that allow cyclists to get from Point A to B without a lot of interaction with general traffic. Even on some of the city’s most fast-paced roads, there are lanes designated for riders. Know your route and know how to travel safely in traffic, always following the rules of the road.

Public Parks

Miami is constantly expanding its spaces for cyclists. City routes, bike lanes and public riding areas continue to grow. There are dozens of public parks with exceptional spacing for riding, including Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Camp Bike Tech Miami, Miami-Dade Bike Trails Map, South Dade Greenway Network and Mountain Biking in Miami-Dade County.

Wherever you choose to ride, know speed limits and other rules for that area as they can vary.

Know the Law

Florida’s drivers often forget that they should share the road with bicyclists. Some actually disregard that these riders should be shown the same respect and regard as someone in a car or truck. A bike rider can do all the right things and still find themselves victim in an accident. That’s why it’s important for every cyclist to do everything they can to protect themselves. Even then, accidents can happen. Under those circumstances, it’s important to speak with a lawyer experienced in these matters. If you or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident, or if you simply have a question about the law in this regard, speak with a lawyer and get the information you need.