Road position for cyclists

Ohio law states that bicyclists should ride as close to curb as practicable. What exactly is practical? The Heights Bicycle Coalition suggests that cyclists evaluate each situation and ride in the lane location that provides the most comfortable and safe ride. This is often several feet from the curb because:

1) Obstacles in the gutter—potholes, uneven surface, litter, gravel, glass or drainage grates—can prevent safe passage.

2) Riding several feet from the curb prevents drivers from passing too close—especially important on roads with narrow lanes.

3) Drivers are more likely to see a cyclist if positioned farther from the curb.

4) A lane position away from the curb allows the cyclist more room if an emergency quick right move is necessary.

For more tips on how to safely share the road with other vehicles, see the League of American Bicyclists Ride Better Resources:  

Heights Bicycle Coalition

The Heights Bicycle Coalition was formed in the spring of 2010 and works to encourage citizens to ride their bicycle for fun, fitness and transportation.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:19 AM, 07.02.2012