Bicycle riding is a wonderful sport. I ride between 2-3,000 miles per year, often commuting the 13 miles from my home to the law offices of Rubin Guttman & Associates. Bicycle riding on our city streets always calls for great care and following the big three Rules of the Road: 1) Be careful; 2) Be lawful (obey the traffic laws); and 3) Be well lit (use lights on the front of your bike, on the back of your bike, and on your helmet).
These rules apply all year, but are even more important during the winter months when, according to Bikewinter.org whose slogan is “Every day is a Great day to ride a bike,” you’ve got to make a special effort to know your hazards. Avoid streets with chuckholes to the extent possible, ride carefully and predictably and remember, under Ohio law, you have all the rights and responsibilities of a motor vehicle. Bicycle riders have a right to the road. Check out the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Cycling Smarter Guide for the whole legal picture. Bikeradar.com, a British and American bike riding site cautions against black ice on winter roads, something we know all to much about in Cleveland and Northern Ohio. Apply your brakes equally and in a measured way. Take it easy and don’t focus on speed in the winter.