Bicycle Rights on the Road
Yes, absolutely! Bicycles are vehicles according to Ohio State law (4511.01a). This means that bicyclists have the legal right to ride on the road, and must adhere to street signs and lights.
If the size of the wheels is 14 inches in diameter or less, then no, children’s bikes are not considered vehicles (4511.01G).
Not legally, unless there is a shoulder that is marked specifically for bicycle use. (4511.051a2).
No. Authorities cannot prohibit bicyclists from riding on public streets (4511.07a8). Don’t let motorists tell you otherwise. This does not apply, however, to bicycling on freeways (see above).
No. Bicyclists cannot be required to ride on the sidewalk instead of the road (4511.711A).
Police may issue tickets to bicyclists who violate the law, just as they might to motorists. But penalties will not include point reductions from driver’s licenses (373.01b). Depending on the circumstance, you may be required to attend a bicycling skills course (373.01c).