Bike Week and Motorcycle Safety



March​​ 2, 2017


76th​​ Annual​​ Bike Week​​ &​​ Motorcycle Safety


Bike Week​​ begins​​ Friday, March​​ 10th​​ and runs​​ through​​ Sunday, March​​ 19th.​​ 


The Flagler Beach Police Department will be enforcing​​ both​​ hazardous moving​​ violations​​ and non-moving violations. ​​ Hazardous moving violations include,​​ but​​ are​​ not limited to:

  • Careless Driving,​​ 

  • Aggressive Careless Driving,​​ 

  • Reckless Driving,

  • Excessive Speed,

  • Racing on a highway (drag racing)​​ and,

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


The​​ following State Statutes, paraphrased below,​​ are in effect in the State of Florida:


316.2095 - Footrests, handholds, and handlebars:

  • Footrests​​ must be provided for a passenger on a motorcycle, unless it is equipped with a sidecar or enclosed cab.​​ 

  • Handlebars​​ or​​ handgrips​​ cannot be​​ higher than the top of the shoulders of the person operating the motorcycle while properly seated upon the motorcycle.


316.211​​ -​​ Equipment for motorcycles:

  • An​​ eye​​ protective device​​ must be worn by the operator of the motorcycle. ​​ 


316.294 –​​ Mirrors:​​ 

  • Every​​ vehicle​​ and​​ motorcycle, operated singly or when towing any other vehicle,​​ must have a rear view mirror that allows the driver a rear view of the highway for a minimum distance of 200 feet.​​ 


316.304 - Wearing of headsets:

  • No​​ motorcycle operator can​​ wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device. ​​ The exception is​​ a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.




316.405Motorcycle headlights to be turned on:

  • Headlights​​ must be on at all times while the​​ motorcycle or motor-driven cycle​​ is being driven​​ on public streets or highways.​​ 


The goal for this year’s​​ Bike Week​​ event is the safety of our visitors and residents​​ through​​ compliance with the laws of the State of Florida. ​​ Please remember that reducing your speed, especially​​ after dark,​​ allows for a longer reaction/braking time, and also helps reduce noise. ​​​​ 


Special Note: ​​ The speed limit on SRA1A​​ between South 12th​​ Street and South 18th​​ Street is​​ 25 MPH. ​​ This area of SRA1A was affected by Hurricane Matthew and Officers will be monitoring speeds via radar​​ during​​ Bike Week.


We hope this year’s​​ Bike Week​​ provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories. ​​ Thank you in advance for helping make this year’s event a safe​​ one​​ for all.


This​​ information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors and residents on Florida motorcycle related laws. ​​ If you have​​ any questions​​ regarding​​ Bike​​ Week, please​​ feel free to contact Chief​​ Doughney at (386) 517-2020.

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