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Safety Tips Bicycles and Pedestrians

Ohio is adding bike lanes as more and more bicyclists take to the streets. ODOT has invested $118 million in bike and pedestrian projects since 2002.
Bike in Ohio
  Be a SAFE Bicyclist                                                                          
  1. Obey all traffic laws – bicycles are vehicles; drive your bike accordingly
  2. Ride with traffic.
  3. Wear a properly fitted helmet.
  4. Keep your bike in working order, before riding, always check the tires and brakes.
  5. Signal turns.
  6. Ride respectfully – single file if necessary, allowing cars to pass when it is safe.
  7. Be predictable – don’t pass stopped or moving cars on the right.
  8. Use head and taillights at night – it’s the law.  Wear something light and bright such as a yellow or orange reflective vest.
  9. Respect pedestrians, adults – do not ride on sidewalks.
  10. Do not ride in the “door zone” to avoid getting hit by a parked car’s opening door.
Pedestrians in Ohio Be a SAFE Pedestrian                                                                          
  1. Obey all traffic laws.
  2. Walk on sidewalks or designated paths.
  3. Cross in crosswalks and at marked intersections at the light.
  4. Check for turning vehicles when crossing, especially those making wide right turns. 
  5. Walk facing oncoming traffic in the berm when there are no sidewalks.
  6. Be aware of blind spots on cars, trucks and buses.
  7. Allow space and time for trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicyclists to stop.
  8. Wear something light and bright such as a yellow or orange reflective vest, and carry a flashlight for night walks.
  9. Watch for cars when crossing driveways
  10. Make eye contact with drivers.