TIME TO SHARE THE ROAD - A REFRESHER ON THE RULES OF THE ROAD
Spring has sprung! So it is time again to look forward to warmer and longer days, time outdoors and hopefully being able to travel again soon. Even though here in Northwest Ohio we had a mild winter, it is always a good idea to make Time to Spring Clean Your Car (https://www.cubbon.com/blog/time-spring-clean-your-car/). This is something one can do even if they are stuck at home due to the Corona virus, plus you get to be outside!
As life begins to return to normal and more of us are back out on the road, with warmer weather motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians will be back on the road too. There are a few things to keep in mind in while sharing the road:
Motorcycles must obey all the same traffic laws same as a car, plus additional rules regarding their motorcycle and licensing. You must have a motor cycle operator’s license to ride a motorcycle on the roads. If you are a rider, you can review the rules and guidelines at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation https://www.msf-usa.org/, which offers low cost online basic and refresher courses. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has all the licensing information and rider courses at https://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/index.stm.
Bicyclists should always ride with traffic and obey all traffic laws just like a vehicle, i.e. stop at stop sign or red light, etc., use bike lanes where available and not ride on sidewalks. For an excellent guide on cycling in Ohio, see: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPR/bicycle/Documents/ODOTCyclingSmarterGuide.pdf
Pedestrians should walk/jog on the sidewalk if available. If there are no sidewalks, one should walk/jog against traffic (on the left hand side) and as far away from traffic as possible and obey all traffic signals, including crossing the road at crosswalks. In Ohio a good pamphlet explaining the rules can be found at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D10/safety/Documents/Pedestrian_Laws.pdf.
The National Traffic and Safety Administration has good info on sharing the road at https://www.nhtsa.gov/share-road-its-everyones-responsibility. Drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians all must share the road and follow all signs, signals and rules. The best practice is to drive/ride/walk/run defensively and assume that others cannot see you. Do not be distracted by music or others.
We can all safely share the road by following the rules!