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ACTION ALERT

Dear Ohio Cyclists,

At the suggestion of your Ohio Bicycle Federation, Rep. Mike Henne has submitted the two components of our HB 145 (2013-2014) to the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Finance Committee, recommending inclusion as amendments to the ODOT Funding Bill.

  1. Specification of 3 feet as the “safe distance” of clearance which Ohio motorists must give when passing bicyclists.
  2. Permitting any Ohio vehicle to proceed through an intersection after stopping and yielding right-of-way when not detected by the device meant to move the signal from red to green.

Here are the members of the Transportation Subcommittee of the House Finance Committee:

  • Rep. Cheryl Grossman (Chair) (R-Grove City, Hilliard, & western Columbus) (District 23) 614-466-9690 or Rep22@ohiohouse.gov
  • Rep. Mike Dovilla (Majority Whip) (R-Berea & Cuyahoga County) (District 7) 614-466-4895 or Rep7@ohiohouse.gov
  • Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt Orab & Clarksville - east of Cincinnati) (District 66) 614-644-6034 or Rep66@ohiohouse.gov
  • Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) (District 33). 614-466-1308 or Rep33@ohiohouse.gov.
  • Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent - Portage County, SE of Cleveland) (District 75). 614-466-2004 or Rep75@ohiohouse.gov

If you live in any of these five districts, please contact your state representative and any Ohio bicycle clubs and shops in your area in support of the amendments to the ODOT Funding Bill.

Thanks—Your Ohio Bicycle Federation

2015’s Ohio Bicycling Summit

This year’s Summit will be held on April 22, 2015 from 9am until 2pm in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

  • For detailed information, click here.
  • If you represent an organization that will need a table for this event, please reserve one here: (2/3/15)

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 RKP’s 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)

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 AMerica (RAAM). You may listen to that show by clicking here. (1/28/13)

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  • All sorts of information about the activities of the Ohio State General Assembly, legislation in progress, schedules, finding your legislator, and much more is available here.
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Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts
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)
On-line Discussions
  • To discuss any Ohio bicycle issue with the leading bicycle advocates in the state, join the OhioBike e-mail discussion list. Send a blank e-mail or visit the list on the Web.
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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