Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety
The safest way to ride a bicycle in a community is to be seen, obey all laws governing the use of bicycles on public roads, and to behave predictably in traffic. TheTallahassee – Leon County Planning Department and Commuter Services of North Florida can provide you with free maps and other publications, including Florida bicycle laws and a booklet showing how to ride in urban areas more safely.
In addition to knowing how to ride safely in an urban area, it’s important to know where the best routes are. In 1972, the City and County commissions jointly funded the creation of the Tallahassee Bike – Route System. Intended to link parks, community centers, and other recreational facilities together, this system still exists today, although there are few signs remaining at this time. This system will be recreated in the future, and there will be additions to this system as indicated by the Tallahassee – Leon County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
In addition to a variety of useful information, this website also has links to several maps that show bicycle facilities in the Capital City area, including the local bike route system, streets with bike lanes, sharrows, roads with paved shoulders, and other useful facilities and destinations such as schools, parks, major shopping centers, government centers, and more. We have a printable pdf version, and a searchable online version. Knowing the safest routes and using them is a good way to traverse the urban area on a bicycle, or just ride down to a store or restaurant.
State laws governing the behavior of bicyclists and pedestrians on public streets are intended to maximize their safety. These laws also govern the behavior of drivers around bicyclists and pedestrians.
Visit the FDOT Ped/Bike Resouce Center for more information.