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Do I need to wear a helmet?

If you are over 16 years old, you do not.   If you are younger, you do have to wear a proper helmet.   Obviously, the safety decision of not wearing a helmet is an entirely different matter and the law does not suggest that it is safe to not wear one.   The helmet must be properly fitted and securely fastened on the head by a strap and the helmet must meet the standards of the American National Standards Institute, the standards of the Snell Memorial Foundation, or any other nationally recognized standards for bicycle helmets adopted by the State of Florida.  Violations of this law may result in a citation and fine; however, the charge will be dismissed for a first time offense upon proof of purchase of a  proper helmet.


Am I Allowed to Ride My Bicycle on The Sidewalk?

YES. However, sidewalks are also typically shared with pedestrians, skate boarders, parents with baby strollers. The bicyclist has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances. A bicyclist must yield the right of way to any pedestrian and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing the pedestrian-so use that bell. You can bicycle on the sidewalk either going with or against traffic.