Traffic infractions are not uncommon amongst motorists and bicyclists. Whether it’s an SUV passing too closely to a cyclist, or a biker running through stop lights, targeted enforcement would require vehicles to respect the rules of the road.
Cleveland Heights does not require bicyclists to wear helmets. Just as motorists are required to “buckle up,” helmet laws would require bicyclists to use a helmet while cycling.
Three Foot Passing laws
Columbus, OH recently passed a law in 2010 requiring motorists to give at least three feet of room to cyclists when passing. This law, when enforced, would help keep cyclists safe and not “shoved” to the side of the road.
Yield on Red Law
Idaho law allows cyclists to yield at stoplights and stop signs. This law, which recognizes that cycling is a constant effort to maintain momentum, permits cyclists to travel carefully through intersections without stopping.
Automobile Right-Turn Law
Chicago law prohibits motorists from making a right turn in front of cyclists until the bicycle has safely passed the automobile. This law, when enforced, would reduce potential collisions between motorists and cyclists. Ohio currently has no such law.
Bicycle Police Division
Heights communities and local universities have bike patrols. Police bicycle training is rigorous, and demands a high level of physical fitness for police to properly use a bike in offensive and defensive maneuvers. BPD allows police to actively engage with citizens, and respond to locations that would otherwise be difficult to access by car.
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