Cycling is Safe
Position papers and validation of our contention that bicycling is a safe activity.
- Here is a talk supporting our position that Cycling is Safe.
- Here are the Power Point slides that accompany the talk.
- A Printable handout for Cycling is Safe.
- A Printable handout for Ride RIGHT (ride on the right side of the road).
Reforming Bicycle Traffic Laws
Your Ohio Bicycling Federation has the following proposals and informative articles available.
- We have proposed a series of Ohio Bicycle Law Reforms. These are also described in a 12-page booklet that can be given to lawmakers.
- We have written a Digest of Ohio Bicycle Traffic Laws that summarizes the laws and explains what they mean.
- For those with an interest in researching other aspects of the Ohio Revised Code, you can search it electronically.
- We have a new Bicycle Transportation Policy Statement to promote best practices, based on education for safe and effective bicycle transportation planning. This is suitable background information for those involved in local advocacy to present to planning boards and government agencies.
- We have also prepared a general article on Improving State & Local Cycling Laws that describes our advocacy work and seeks cooperation with cycling organizations in other states.
- Proposed Driver Test Questions to improve the level of knowledge about bicycle operation, safety and traffic law.
"Cyclist Friendly" Communities Award
"Bicycle Friendly" has become a buzzword, but what is important is treating cyclists fairly and encouraging the best and safest practices. Many of the most important measures to help cyclists cost little or nothing!
- Cyclist Friendly Communities Award includes a complete toolkit for improving conditions in your community and information on qualifying for this new award.
- Guidelines for a 'Cyclist Friendly Community' has lots of practical tips to make your city "friendly" to cyclists.
Ohio Bike and Pedestrian Crashes
OBF has developed maps showing the locations of bicycle and pedestrian crashes, which provide data to support the need for legislation to make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
The bike map was generated from ODPS data downloaded on 4/6/2016 by Patricia Kovacs in support of the mission of Ohio Bicycle Federation to promote cycling in Ohio. The latest year (2016) is incomplete due to delay in submitting reports to ODPS, so this map will be updated quarterly. Crashes that involve a fatality, injury or propery damage (PDO) > $1000 which were reported to law enforcement are required to be submitted to the ODPS. For bike/bike crashes, the Motorist fields will have MotoristUnitType = Bicycle/Pedalcyclist. For single vehicle bike crashes, the Motorist fields will be zero or unknown. Layers can be deselected to see one year only.
Note: the points in Nebraska have incorrect longitude in the crash report. But the crash report tells you where the crash happened in Ohio. Also, many records could not be shown because they have incorrect latitude and longitude, particularly in 2011 & 2012.