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Our House Bill 145 advances to Ohio House

The House Transportation Committee approved OBFs House Bill 145 on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by a 7–2 vote. The Full Ohio House may act on HB 145 next week, June 3, 4, or 5).

If you would like Ohio motorists to give us cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing and would like to have the ability to legally proceed into an intersection after stopping and yielding right-of-way, even when not detected by the apparatus which advances the traffic light from red to green, please visit the 130th General Assembly's Web page to search for and contact your state representative. Please make it clear that you are a voting constituent and that you expect him or her to vote in favor of HB 145 when it reaches the House floor. (5/29/14)

Next year's (2015) Ohio Bicycling Summit

Next year's Summit will be held on April 22, 2015 from 9am until 2pm in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. If you represent an organization that will need a table for this event, please sign up at Eventbrite.com. (5/13/14)

News

WKSU interview with Chuck Smith

Visit NPR station WKSU for the interview which concerns our House Bill 145. (1/17/14)

Podcast with Bike Lawyer Steve Magas

This is the last show of 2013 for The Outspoken Cyclist with guests Bike Lawyer Steve Magas and RKPs Patrick Brady. Steve Magas' part of the show starts with a look back at some of the notable events involving cyclists and the law, including some high profile bike-car collisions. By looking at how the majority of crashes happen, we can take steps to avoid those situations, or at least be extra vigilant around them. Here is the link to this show: outspokencyclist.com. (1/1/14)

Progress on our 3-foot Passing Law

Our Ohio Bicycle Federation Safer Ohio Bicycling Bill was introduced in the Ohio House as House Bill 145 on April 30, 2013. Our bill included a three foot passing rule.

However, the three foot passing clearance portion of HB 145 has been removed due to lack of House Transportaiton Committee support. We will try that provision again next year when term limits will give us a new committee. (3/17/14)

Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts

As you know, our Share the Road license plates were intended in our OBF legislation to fund Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts, a wonderful little book which tells the reader how to ride a bicycle in traffic on Ohio's roads.

We in the OBF have worked with ODOT to update Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts to reflect changes in the Ohio Revised Code brought about by OBF's Better Ohio Bicycling Bill of 2006. We need to let ODOT know that we cyclists want Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts to be published again. (8/1/11)

Please contact Melissa Ayers (below) and let her know that you want the revised Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts: (4/5/13)

Melissa Ayers
ODOT Deputy Director of Communcations
1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43223
Phone: 614-644-8640
Email: Melissa Ayers.

OBF President appeared on the Ohio RAAM Show in October

Lee Kreider interviewed OBF President Chuck Smith on the Ohio RAAM Show in October, 2012. The OhioRAAM show is an affiliate of ohioraam.org representing a group of Ohio enthusiasts and supporters of The Race Across AMeirca (RAAM). You may listen to that show by clicking here. (1/28/13)

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Street Smarts pamphlet is on-line
  • You can click on the Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts icon to the right to see an on-line version of this helpful pamphlet. (4/5/13)
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OBF Publications
  • The Ohio Bicycle Communicator is published two times per year.
  • The most up-to-date and comprehensive list of Ohio rides is published in the annual Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar. This is published in March as a bicycle enthusiast's resource. In addition, the Web version is updated throughout the year.
Share the Road license plates 310 license plates sold in 2012
Share the Road auto license plates are available in Ohio. You may get your plates in one of three ways—Here's How Go to (through Feb 25.) We need to sell 1000 plates each calendar year—
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A record 2,413 plates sold in 2011

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