Thursday, July 19, 2012

Share The Road Tips for Ohio Bicyclists and Motorists

We are grateful to the Cleveland Touring Club ( for putting together what we think is one of the best Share The Road handouts we've ever seen -- AND for providing with us a supply to hand out at all three Century Cycles stores!

The postcard has tips for Ohio bicyclists on one side, tips for Ohio motorists on the other, with a good dose of mutual respect all around.

Share the Road Tips for Ohio Bicyclists:
  • Obey all traffic laws. Bicycles are legal vehicles; drive yours accordingly.
  • Never ride against traffic. It is illegal and unsafe.
  • Ride with respect -- single file when traffic is present, allowing cars to pass when it is safe.
  • Be visible. Wear bright and reflective clothing. Use head and tail lights from dusk to dawn.
  • Be sure you are see: Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet.
  • Be predictable. Don't pass stopped or moving cars on the right.
  • Ride one door-width from parked cars.
  • Stay alert to stay safe.

Share the Road Tips for Ohio Motorists:
  • Bicycles are legal vehicles and may use the full lane to prevent unsafe passing.
  • Wait until it is safe to pass. Courteous bicyclists will accomodate you then.
  • Drive at least three feet from bicyclists.
  • Stay behind bicyclists when turning right.
  • Make eye contact so bicyclists know you see them.
  • Look for bicyclists before opening car doors.
  • Avoid startling bicyclists by honking. Motor vehicles are usually easy to hear.

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