Enforcement

Targeted Enforcement

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.

Timeline: Medium-term
Priority
: Moderate

Helmet Laws

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.

Timeline: Medium-term
Priority
: Moderate

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.

Timeline: Medium-term
Priority
: Moderate
Consider Biking

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.

Timeline: Long-term
Priority
: Low

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.

Timeline: Medium-term
Priority
: Moderate
Chicago Bikes

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.

Timeline: Long-term
Priority
: Moderate

Other Campaign Sections

I. Engineering

II. Education

III. Encouragement

IV. Enforcement

V. Evaluation and Planning

VI. Campaign Survey

 

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