Paul may drive a truck at work, but he’s frequently on a much smaller vehicle out on the road. Car drivers know what it’s like to feel small and vulnerable next to a big truck, so be mindful of that feeling when behind the wheel and encountering people on bikes. Bikes are legal road vehicles and have as much right to the road as cars. Remember, we’re all drivers…
Here is some info everyone should know
SHARE THE ROAD
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.01, 4511.55 — Bikes are legal vehicles and belong on the road. Cyclists can use the full travel lane just like cars. Take the lane if you feel the need to do so; it’s your right.
KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE
- Cleveland Ordinance § 473.03(d) & Ohio Revised Code 4511.27 Overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction – You must give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when you pass them on the street (6 feet if you’re driving a commercial vehicle) and change lanes to pass when a second lane is present. No one likes getting buzzed by a larger vehicle, and a side swipe for a cyclist can be fatal.
RIDING TWO ABREAST
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.55(B) — Ohio law allows cyclists to ride side by side, but we suggest that bikes “single up” out of courtesy when the cyclists deem it safe and reasonable to do so if the traffic is backing up.
- Cleveland Ordinance § 473.09(a) — No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller skates upon a sidewalk within a business district. In any event, it’s usually a bad idea for adults or bigger kids to ride on the sidewalk.
RIDE WITH THE FLOW
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.25, 4511.27 — Always ride with the flow of traffic, and do not pass slow or stopped vehicles on the right even when there is a bike lane.
BE BRIGHT, HAVE LIGHTS
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.56 — Bike lights are required at night. Red for the back, white for the front; you’re invisible at night without them.
EQUALITY CUTS BOTH WAYS
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.01 — Bikes are legal vehicles and should follow all the laws of the road. If you don’t, you can be ticketed like any other vehicle.
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.39 — Use hand signals when turning so people understand your movements. However, you do not have to take your hand off the bars to signal if you feel it is unsafe to do so.
ANYWHERE BUT THE FREEWAY
- Ohio Revised Code §4511.07(A)(8), 4511.051(2) — No local regulation can prohibit the use of bicycles on any roadway with the exception that a cyclist cannot ride on a Freeway.