Bicycle Safety and Laws

If you are an active cyclist, familiarize yourself with bicycle state and local laws. Always be safe and watch out for stationary vehicles and the vehicle operators around around you. Always check your bike before you take it out on the road (especially your brakes) and always wear a certified, properly fitted helmet. Bicycle laws follow the same laws as timed for lighted lights on motor vehicles. In other words, if you are riding your bike from sunset to sunrise, when there is insufficient natural light or when windshield wipers would be in use, then you are legally obligated to have and use a functioning lighting system on your bicycle.

One of the most important bicycle law in Ohio states that a bicycle must be operated "as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable." While the word "practicable" is undefined, the law states that a cyclist does not have to ride along the right side of the lane when it is "unreasonable or unsafe to do so." 

 Don't forget to share the sidewalk with pedestrians. Local law states: whenever a person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk or street, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before attempting to overtake and pass a pedestrian or another bicycle. This audible signal must be given only by bell or other warning device capable of giving an audible signal and shall be given at such a distance and in such a manner as not to startle the person being overtaken and passed.

Be safe and have fun!

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