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Old 11-13-05, 02:29 AM
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Hey guys,

Starting this spring im going to start riding to work. Used to do it back in Sydney, but since moving to the states have lacked a bike. That's going to change in a few short months

But i was wondering if anyone knew the law for road sharing in Ohio, hell, for America even? What are my rights, what do i need to know?

Cheers for any info

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Old 11-13-05, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Flak
Hey guys,

Starting this spring im going to start riding to work. Used to do it back in Sydney, but since moving to the states have lacked a bike. That's going to change in a few short months

But i was wondering if anyone knew the law for road sharing in Ohio, hell, for America even? What are my rights, what do i need to know?

Cheers for any info

- Rob
Welcome to the North Coast mate,
In Ohio a bicycle is considered a vehicle and subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles.
Here is an overview of Ohio bicycling laws:
http://www.cincinnaticycleclub.org/bikelaw/Bikelaw4.htm

Despite the law, get used to having jerks screaming 'GET ON THE SIDEWALK' now and then. Rush-hour motorists around here can be a rude and impatient lot.
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Old 11-13-05, 03:16 PM
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Despite the law, get used to having jerks screaming 'GET ON THE SIDEWALK' now and then.
I haven't heard that in a while. Maybe the colder weather has finally shut them up.

Anyways Flack, welcome back. There have been a few changes by the way. First, J turns are now legal in Ohio (and don't let anyone tell you differently). Convenience stores are now called "milk bars". Chevy makes a new El Camino style high cab in metallic earth tone colors... ah, make that colours. It's true, they named it after some Indian tribe in Utah, can't remember the name just now. And watch out for those possums, they all got syphillus. That's about it. Oh and one or two minor differences in traffic direction.
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Old 11-13-05, 07:05 PM
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Heh thanks guys.

Cheers for the link.
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Welcome back to Ohio. Remember to ride predictably and take the lane when necessary, but be careful. Cleveland drivers are not used to vehicular cyclists. Most of the cyclists they see are riding the sidewalks or riding the wrong way and are generally ignoring any traffic laws. Thats where they get this attitude that cyclist should not be on the road. However if you have a regular commute the drivers will become familar with you and will probably respect you more if you behave apporiately. I get rude yells or honks from drivers less than once a week now but when I first started riding it would be several time a week. Ofcourse cold weather reduces the yells but not the horns.
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