Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation last month to declare March as Florida Bicycle Month. In Florida, the bicycle is legally recognized as a vehicle. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways and must obey the same traffic laws as other motorized vehicles. Along the Selmon Extension are two multi-use shared paths on the west end of Gandy Boulevard. Bicyclists can safely travel past the construction area to and from the Gandy Bridge.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists some tips while riding:
- Wear equipment to protect yourself and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and a white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).
- Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn.
- Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike.
- Plan your route – if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.