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Illegal to ride hands-free

Old 05-23-08, 07:56 AM
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Illegal to ride hands-free

I was surprised to discover under Florida law it is illegal to ride with no hands.

Chapter 316, Florida Statutes states: "At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding."

No big deal, I was just surprised to read that.
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Old 05-23-08, 07:58 AM
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They'll get you on campus at UF for that. Otherwise, I've never heard of anyone getting cited for it. Of course, they'll cite you for anything on campus....
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Originally Posted by AshtonEMT
I was surprised to discover under Florida law it is illegal to ride with no hands.

Chapter 316, Florida Statutes states: "At least one hand must be kept on the handlebars while riding."

No big deal, I was just surprised to read that.
Discrimination against the handicapped is also illegal. Florida legislators and law enforcers can't have it both ways IMO.
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Laws are for wussies.

Although in Florida they might shoot you for that.
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One time, not long ago, I was stopped by the local sheriff for riding with no hands and arrested because I didn't have ID. He asked me to remove my helmet before I got into the patrol car. So I complied and then turned the brim of my hat to the rear, then he slapped me for looking like a punk.

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Old 05-23-08, 09:15 AM
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How do you ride a unicycle in Florida then?
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That made me laugh out loud. Good question. I assume it's not legal to ride one on the street.
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seems to contradict the ada
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I see a lawsuit coming on...

https://www.ada.gov/
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But if you're a driver who runs down a cyclist because you're busy texting, you'll only get a slap on the wrist.

I hate this f'ing country.
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Old 05-23-08, 04:03 PM
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Im staying out of Florida. Too flat anyway.

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Old 05-24-08, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DanMartin
You are Nathan Fabian and I claim my 5 pounds.
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Originally Posted by crash66
I hate this f'ing country.
You're free to leave any time. In fact, if you properly renounce your US citizenship (assuming you have one), I'll buy you a one-way ticket anywhere in the world you want to go.
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On the other hand it is not illegal to operate a motor vehicle in FL with no brains. So you have that going for you in the Sunshine State.
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Originally Posted by jupiter422
You're free to leave any time. In fact, if you properly renounce your US citizenship (assuming you have one), I'll buy you a one-way ticket anywhere in the world you want to go.
Don't give the .44 Caliber Killer here any friggin excuses you idiots. Where the American Flag lapel pin and don't be exercising your Freedom of Speech by saying anything that will piss him off.
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Many, many laws don't make sense when you apply them to extreme circumstances but they were designed as a simplistic tool to help law enforcement do their job by idiotic legislatures. Cops and DAs can abuse those laws but by no means do all cops abuse their power. The court system generally does a good job of mitigating and preventing such abuse by making it a waste of the officers' time by ruling against that abuse- although abuse still happens too frequently. A law against riding without hands would appear to be one of those general laws that get passed to permits cops to stop someone they otherwise find suspicious.

Down the unicycle rathole, this law doesn't not apply to unicycles: "Any person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand upon the handlebars. " A unicycle is not a bicycle so it doesn't apply. Words, you see, have meaning.

I wonder how much that ticket is? Not as much as for whatever they really want you for.

Jupiter, while I agree with your notion generally, I think people of an abusive society have a greater responsibility to fix that society rather than merely flee. People should feel the responsibility to work to change those aspects of their society which they feel are wrong. In many cases that change is not the will of the majority and that minority point of view should be ignored by the body public else we find ourselves in a tyranny of the minority. Your point stands however, that if you can't change the system and can't live with the system then leave. I doubt anyone will find a much better place to live than the US (even with all its flaws it better than most places).
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Originally Posted by Trevor98
Many, many laws don't make sense when you apply them to extreme circumstances but they were designed as a simplistic tool to help law enforcement do their job by idiotic legislatures. Cops and DAs can abuse those laws but by no means do all cops abuse their power. The court system generally does a good job of mitigating and preventing such abuse by making it a waste of the officers' time by ruling against that abuse- although abuse still happens too frequently. A law against riding without hands would appear to be one of those general laws that get passed to permits cops to stop someone they otherwise find suspicious.

Down the unicycle rathole, this law doesn't not apply to unicycles: "Any person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand upon the handlebars. " A unicycle is not a bicycle so it doesn't apply. Words, you see, have meaning.

I wonder how much that ticket is? Not as much as for whatever they really want you for.

Jupiter, while I agree with your notion generally, I think people of an abusive society have a greater responsibility to fix that society rather than merely flee. People should feel the responsibility to work to change those aspects of their society which they feel are wrong. In many cases that change is not the will of the majority and that minority point of view should be ignored by the body public else we find ourselves in a tyranny of the minority. Your point stands however, that if you can't change the system and can't live with the system then leave.
I doubt anyone will find a much better place to live than the US (even with all its flaws it better than most places).
Of course you'll never know if you never try. I do realize the thought of leaving a place that won't televise NASCAR or WWF isn't something half the nation could consider. I'm no better, I'm not going anywhere they don't have the Mets on cable. Stupid Euros. botto, please take note.

I'll visit Europe, I'll even ride my bike there, but I'll stick with the idiots in the USA. The speak my language. And I'm used to them.

Special not to Jupiboy: HEY EINSTEIN, THE KEY PART OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS THE LIBERTY TO SAY THIS COUNTRY AND ITS PRESIDENT BOTH SUCK AND I'M LEAVING - after which you can always come back. You're worried about your stupid friggin guns? If we lose the freedom of expression, then you'll really have something to worry about. Then you might actually need your dopey pistols.
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Old 05-24-08, 03:29 PM
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Dangerous Dan, don't you know this is how clipless pedal accidents happen??
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Old 05-24-08, 05:40 PM
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Watch out - you're gonna get all the "They're taking our freedom and tracking us with microchips" guys from the "No ID" thread.
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Originally Posted by DanMartin
Im staying out of Florida. Too flat anyway.
I hate people like that.
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