In April, Governor De Santis signed into law the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Bill which went into effect on July 1, 2021.
Here is a summary of the important provisions:
Motorists MUST obey the 3 feet passing law: If a motorist cannot give 3 feet when passing, then the motorist must stay behind the cyclist until passing with at least 3 feet is possible
Motorists MAY cross the center lane in a no-passing zone to safely pass a cyclist: The law makes it legal for a motorist to briefly and safely cross the center lane in a no-passing zone, in order to pass a cyclist by 3 feet.
Motorists MAY NOT turn right in front of a cyclist within 20 feet of any intersection: This is a designed safety provision to prevent “right hook” crashes by cyclists.
Bicyclists SHOULD use the left lane before making a left turn: The law clarifies that bicyclists should use the left lane for motor vehicle traffic before attempting to make a left turn at an intersection.
Group riders should cross intersections with stop signs in groups of 10 or less: After coming to a complete stop, bicyclists can proceed through the intersection in a group of 10 or less at a time. Vehicles must allow the group of 10 or less to get through the intersection before proceeding.
Excerpted from the Florida Bicycle Association