*** Traffic Cycling Techniques ***

Below are resources you can use to improve your own knowledge as well as for teaching other members of your community.  Some of the pdf file flyers below have narrow margins.  (Some inkjet printers require 0.59" bottom margin—may truncate page.)

Disclaimer:  Some of the material shown here is from outside sources and is provided as a public service.  The Ohio Bicycle Federation does not control these sources and is not responsible for their content.

Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts Published by the Ohio Dept. of Public Safety at the request of the Ohio Bicycle Federation.
Street Smarts by John Allen A 46 page booklet covering techniques for riding in traffic.
Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver's Manual Includes Street Smarts.  This was the model for Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts.
Effective Cycling (book) by John Forester Terrific reference (but difficult for beginners).  Available from MIT Press
Effective Cycling Video $25 from LAB, 202 822-1333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
"BikeEd" courses: Road-I/II, Kid's, Commuter, etc. See www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/ for more information.
See below for Ohio instructors.
N. Carolina Coalition for Bicycle Driving An excellent summary of Vehicular Cycling technique
BikeSense The British Columbia Bicycle Operator's Manual
Where to Ride by Bob Bayn A great little flyer that covers the basics—riding on right, staying off sidewalks, lane position, lights.  (pdf file, 1/2 page, 2-sides)
Tips for Bicycle Operation by Fred Oswald An illustrated flyer that gives basics of riding in traffic. (1/2 page, 2-sided pdf file, 500 Kb)
Cycling Knowledge Test This can be an effective training tool.  Traffic courts can use the test for violators.  Answer sheet included.  Test is based on the Effective Cycling video. (pdf file, 3 pages)
Ten Tips for Safe & Enjoyable Bicycle Commuting by Fred Oswald A short illustrated article
Bicycle Commuter's Guide by Fred Oswald Tips & Techniques (pdf file, 6 pages, 258 Kb)
LAB Reform Cycling Education Educational presentations & handouts are available here.


*** Cycling Advocacy Information ***

Bicycle Blunders by Fred Oswald Illustrated article that discusses common blunders (serious mistakes) related to bicycle use, education, advocacy, engineering, and traffic laws and how to avoid repeating these mistakes.
Bicycle Commuter Issues by Fred Oswald "The Politics of Two Wheels", bicycle advocacy information, (pdf file, 6 pages, 275 Kb)
Dilemmas of Bicycle Planning by Paul Schimek An excellent discussion of issues that should be understood by every bicycle planner.
Cycling PSA's Scripts for Radio/TV Public Service Announcements
A Guide to Improving U.S. Traffic Laws Pertaining to Bicycling by Paul Schimek Discusses current state bicycle laws and needed changes.
Bike Lane Contrarian by Tom Revay PowerPoint file or on-line slideshow.  See also "Bike Lanes and Safety Research" by Paul Schimek
Bicycle Law Reform Reforming state and local bicycle traffic laws.  Includes model local ordinances.


*** Cycling Education for Children (and Parents) ***

Many communities conduct Bicycle Rodeos to teach "bicycle safety" to children.  Often there is little safety content because the people running them are not experienced cyclists.  Also, how much can you teach in 45 minutes?  However these events are a wonderful opportunity to reach the parents.  If the parents learn a bit about bicycle safety they are less likely to teach their children the usual dangerous misinformation.  You can also work with PTA, Scout groups, etc.

Bike Safety for Kids
-A Parent’s Guide
1-sheet, 2-sides booklet (pdf file, 18 Kb)
A Kid's Eye View video Bicycle safety video for parents, produced by Wisconsin DOT, $10 from LAB, 202 822-1333 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bicycle Rodeos by John Andersen Great discussion—how to get the most out of a rodeo, from the Bicycling Life web site
Guide to Bicycle Rodeos Available for $5 + S/H from Adverture Cycling:  www.adv-cycling.org/.  Look for item number BF-10.
Effective Cycling Training Describes proper training for cyclists from age 8 to adult from John Forester's Bicycle Transportation Institute
Bike Quiz This was developed for a Scout group.  The questions are not easy!  Street Smarts or similar source of information should be provided.  1/2 page, 2-side flyer plus 1/2 pg answer sheet, (pdf file)

 


*** "Bike Ed" instructors in Ohio ***
The number after each name is the instructor's certificate number.
For the latest information or for instructors in other states, see http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/education/

Michael Abrams, 879
Bolivar, OH
330-874-3646
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Walter Fick, 1714
West Chester, OH
513-779-4503
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Susan Schultz, 1711
Cincinnati, OH
513-240-4284
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Mark Arendt, 773
South Charleston, OH
937-265-5331
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Peter Garver, 1449
Lakewood, OH
216-228-8651
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Jeff Sherby, 1712
Mason, OH
513-336-9273
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Jim Bowell, 954
Troy, OH
937-339-5623
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Robert Hatcher, 1027
Powell, OH
740-881-1974
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James Sheehan, 1207
Cleveland, OH
216-830-2667
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Bob Burkhardt, 811
Avon, OH
440-937-9313
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Patricia Kovacs, 1689
Gahanna, OH
614-476-9093
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Michael E. Sherman, 1208
Willoughby, OH
440-951-4209
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Don Burrell, 1719
Cincinnati, OH
513-922-3867
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Frank Krygowski, 315
Youngstown, OH
330-757-9057
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Chuck Smith, 1209
Vandalia, OH
937-890-6689
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D. Carrigan, 1710
Yellow Springs, OH
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Jennifer Stuart Lesch, 1204
Cleveland, OH
216-941-6388
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Ed Stewart, 762
Elyria, OH
440-365-6784
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Kevin Cronin, 1448
Cleveland, OH
216-374-7578
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John Mikolich, 1205
Lyndhurst, OH
216-382-3314 
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Glenn Talaska, 1720
Cincinnati, OH
513-558-0591
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Ronald Curtis, 1144
Dayton, OH
937-428-6655
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Fred Oswald, 947
Middleburg Hts., OH
440-888-5829
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Geoff Thielmeyer, 1718
Cincinnati, OH
513-673-8977
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Timothy DeWine, 1201
Cleveland, OH
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Gordon D. Renkes, 328
Columbus, OH
614-263-3026
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Gary Webb, 1190
Akron, OH
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Scott Ebbing, 1715
Hamilton, OH
513-257-4631
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David Riemenschneider,1716
Cincinnati, OH
513-729-1569
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Steve Wegener, 1713
Cincinnati, OH
513-351-9004
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Karen S. Farago, 1202
Wellington, OH
440-647-3303
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Jeni Roosen, 1717
Cincinnati, OH
513-505-3889
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Karl Weisel, 708
Cleveland Hts, OH
216-371-0450
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Richard Felton, 1203
Avon Lake, OH
440-930-5478
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Adrian Sargent, 1116
Dayton, OH
937-275-7275
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Ann Whalen, 1210
Cleveland, OH
216-229-9999
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Last Revised 9/16/07