Right of Way

Right of Way, Signaling, and Traffic Laws

Am I allowed to “take the lane,” or ride my bicycle in the center of the road?

Bicyclists are required to ride on the right of the roadway as practicable, unless it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so (373.07a-b). If the road is in excellent condition, and there are no objects hindering your way, then you run the risk of violating the law if you “take the lane.”

Am I required to obey stoplights and other traffic control devices?

Yes (373.07c1).

Am I required to use hand signals when changing direction?

Yes (373.07c2).

Am I required to signal continuously?

According to Ohio State Law, bicyclists are required to signal at least twice, but this signal is not required to be continuous (4511.39A). You’re permitted to signal, stop and steer your bicycle, and then signal again.

Am I required to signal if I’m in a designated turning lane?

No (4511.39A).

Am I permitted to use my right arm, instead of my left, to signal?

In most cases, the law expects vehicle drivers to use their left hand to signal lane changes. Bicyclists, however, are permitted to use their right hand on the right side of the bicycle (4511.40B).

Do bicyclists or pedestrians have right of way?

Pedestrians always have a right of way, whether in the road or on the crosswalk. (373.07c3-4).

Am I required to give an audible signal when passing pedestrians?

Yes (373.07c5).

Can I park my bicycle in a manner that interferes with pedestrian or motor traffic?

No (373.09a)

If bicycle racks are available to park my bicycle, am I allowed to park elsewhere?

No (373.09b)

Am I allowed to ride my bicycle on the sidewalk?

Yes, unless there are signs that state otherwise (373.09c).

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