At any time of the year, particularly in season, it is important that everyone understands the rules and laws that govern bicycling and driving a car on our public roads and pathways. Yes, our roads and pathways are multi-use and public, not private. They are owned by Collier County and governed by the laws of the State of Florida.
The Pelican Bay Services Division only manages them and recommends maintenance and safety needs to the county. Safety is the No. 1 concern all year but it is especially important during the winter season, as more people use Pelican Bay’s roads and paths. In order to ensure a safe, fun and relaxing season, here are some important rules and laws to follow:
WHEN YOU DRIVE – SHARE THE ROAD
- Allow three feet between your car and a bicycle when passing a cyclist.
- Cyclists may not always stay to the right (over the sharrow road markings). To be safe, pass bicycles by using the inside lane.
- Remember you may encounter bicyclists using the outside lanes that are marked with sharrow lane markings.
WHEN YOU BIKE ON THE ROAD
- Ride to the right over the sharrow road markings.
- Obey all traffic signs.
- Pedestrians always have the right of way; always yield to pedestrians.
- Headsets and earphones are illegal. Don’t wear them.
WHEN YOU BIKE ON THE PATHWAYS
- Walkers always have the right of way; always yield to pedestrians.
- Pass on the left.
- When passing, give an audible voice or bell signal (or both).
- Earphones and headsets are illegal. Don’t wear them. Respect each other and the law. Be safe this season.