Bicycling Safety Information

This page is intended to provide resources to fight problems that discourage safe bicycle operation and impede bicycle transportation.  These problems include (1) Dangerous laws; (2) Ignorant motorists (who want bicycles banished to sidewalks); (3) Negligent public officials and transportation professionals (4) Misinformed, lawless and dangerous cyclists.  You can adapt these ideas to improve cycling wherever you live.

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Cleveland Bikes -- Bicycle Traffic Laws & Local Ordinances

  • Local Bicycle Traffic Ordinances with Ratings This article has specific information and ratings of both good and bad local ordinances in 75 N.E. Ohio communities.  Ohio law reforms in the "Better Ohio Bicycling Bill", effective in 2006 clarify powers of local authorities.  Ordinances must not be fundamentally inconsistent with the uniform rules of the road prescribed by this chapter and that no such regulation shall prohibit the use of bicycles on any public street or highway except as provided in section 4511.051 of the Revised Code."  (4511.051 pertains to freeways.)
  • Model Local LawsA model package of local bicycle laws, consistent with safe practices and consistent with Ohio traffic law.
  • Contending With the Feudal Bicycle Traffic Laws of NE Ohio  See how some local communities operate like little feudal fiefs, each with separate rules that conflict with the rules in other communities and conflict with the uniform rules of the road.  Would you believe that Avon Lake has a bike lane on a section of road closed to bicycles (see photo)?
  • How to HelpHow you can help improve ordinances in your own city or in cities where you ride. Even with the "Better Ohio Bicycling Bill", this will not happen automatically.
  • Sample Letter to Local CommunityThis is an actual sample letter sent to a local community (identity disguised) whose ordinances mandate unsafe practices and are invalid under state law.

Disclaimer:  Some articles below are from outside sources and are provided as a public service.  Cleveland Bikes does not control these sources and is not responsible for their content.

Please support cycling education in Ohio -- Get a Share the Road license plate


Share the Road plate
  1. Visit your local Deputy Registrar office.
  2. or Call 1-800-589-8247
  3. or Surf to www.oplates.com
    1. Select "SPECIAL PLATES" in the left column
    2. Select vehicle type
    3. Highlight "SHARE THE ROAD" under "SPECIALTY PLATES"
    4. Select whether you want a stock plate or specify the characters on the plate.


Disclaimer:  Some articles below are from outside sources and are provided as a public service.  Cleveland Bikes does not control these sources and is not responsible for their content.

Some of the links below are for flyers that have narrow margins.  (Some inkjet printers require 0.59" bottom margin, which may truncate page.)

Cycling Education Articles

Teaching Children to 'Drive Your Bike'

Cycling and Traffic Law

Advocacy Articles

More cycling education, bicycle traffic law and advocacy articles can be found at www.cycle-safety.com

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Last Revised 9/12/10.  Check for updates at http://bikelaws.org/cb/ or www.clevelandbikes.org