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Following the Law

Local Police

Have a bicycling/walking questions? Call the police department on where you plan to ride or walk….as Ohio is a home rule state areas may elect different rules than stated in the ORC….

Erie County Sheriffs Office

City of Sandusky

City of Huron

City of Vermilion

Guide for Law Enforcement and Bicyclist

Ohio Bicycling Laws

Some Ohio traffic laws…..remember your area may have a different set of rules

Bicycle Related Laws-Ohio Revised Code as of 5/15

  • Bicyclists must ride with, not against, other vehicular traffic. Only when walking a bicycle is a bicyclist permitted to travel facing traffic.
  • Bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signs, signals and pavement markings.
  • Bicyclists must use appropriate hand signals before turning or stopping. Alternative right turn signal is right hand and arm extended horizontally and to the right side of the bicycle.
  • Bicyclists must keep to the right edge of the roadway, allowing faster traffic to safely pass. Bicyclists can travel in the middle of the lane if they are proceeding at the same speed as the rest of the traffic or the lane is too narrow to share safely with a motor vehicle. Conditions that may require riding away from the edge of the roadway includes when necessary to avoid fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, surface hazards or if it otherwise is unsafe or impracticable to do so.
  • Bicyclists should not pass other traffic on a hill or at an intersection.
  • Bicyclists must stop at a curb to allow emergency vehicles to pass.
  • Bicyclists must observe speed restrictions in school zones and speed limits in general.
  • State law also permits local governments to regulate bicycle operation, such as requiring bicycle licensing and registration.
  • Bicyclists must never ride on the freeway, or attach themselves to other vehicles using the roadway.
  • Bicyclists should ride upon or astride the permanent attached seat of the bicycle.
  • Passengers should not be carried unless the bike is equipped for it, and at least one hand should be kept on the handlebars at all times.
  • Bicyclists should ride no more than two abreast in a single lane, except on paths set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
  • Every bicycle ridden after dark must be equipped with a white headlight, a red taillight, and a red rear reflector.
  • A bicycle may be equipped with a device capable of giving an audible signal.
  • Every bicycle must have an adequate brake.