Can bicyclists ride side-by-side? Yes, they can. But, there are exceptions. Watch the following video to learn more. The full transcript is below.


Florida Statute 316.2065(6)(a), states:

(6)(a) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway or in a bicycle lane may not ride more than two abreast except on a bicycle path. Persons riding two abreast may not impede traffic when traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and must ride within a single lane. Where bicycle lanes exist, persons riding bicycles may ride two abreast if both are able to remain within the bicycle lane. If the bicycle lane is too narrow to allow two persons riding bicycles to ride two abreast, the persons must ride single-file and within the bicycle lane. On roads that contain a substandard-width lane as defined in subparagraph (5)(a)3., persons riding bicycles may temporarily ride two abreast only to avoid hazards in the roadway or to overtake another person riding a bicycle.

Further, studies show riding in groups is safer for bicyclists.

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Full Transcript

00:07  hi i’m greg barthelette with barthelette law
00:09  law and I am a florida bicycle accident
00:11  attorney
00:12  the question for today is can Florida
00:14  bicyclists ride side by side
00:17  and the answer is yes they can with a
00:19  couple of exceptions
00:21  generally
00:22  no more than two bicyclists can ride
00:25  side by side
00:27  unless they are on a path or part of the
00:29  roadway specifically designed for
00:32  bicyclists
00:33  additionally
00:34  bicyclists can’t ride side by side if
00:37  they are impeding traffic in some way
00:40  so for example if two bicyclists are
00:42  riding side by side but the result is
00:44  they’re slowing a significant amount of
00:46  traffic behind them they have to stop
00:48  and ride in a single file manner
00:51  additionally it’s always a good idea to
00:53  ride in groups
00:54  this is because studies have shown that
00:56  it is significantly safer to ride in
00:58  groups as opposed to riding alone
01:00  as always ride safely