“NO EXCUSES” Campaign

Highly qualified Super Lawyer & Experienced Cyclist Kenneth Knabe – Protecting Cyclists in Greater Cleveland through injury representation, sponsorships, education and Vision Zero safety legislation. Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA: 14222 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107. Phone: 216-228-7200.

Dear Fellow Cyclists:

Bicycle accidents are an epidemic, especially in the Greater Cleveland area. We do NOT want to offer the insurance company any excuses when an unsafe driver hits one of us.

No Excuses!
1. Operate your bicycle as a driver of a car. “Vehicular Cycling”, a term coined by John Forester, means treating your bicycle as if it were a vehicle operating under the standard traffic rules. Cyclists who follow these rules are in 75-80% fewer accidents.
2. Lights are legally right at night! Ohio Revised Code § 4511.56. minimally requires the following at night:
• A lamp mounted on the front of either the bicycle, or the operator, that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and 300 feet to the sides. A generator-powered lamp that emits light only when the bicycle is moving may be used to meet this requirement.
• A red reflector on the rear that shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle.
• A lamp emitting either flashing or steady red light visible from 500 feet to the rear shall be used in addition to the red reflector. If the red lamp performs as a reflector, in that it is visible as specified in division (A)(2) of this section, the red lamp may serve as the reflector and a separate reflector is not required.

Remember! Ohio’s, 3-Foot safe passing Buffer law is now required when a driver passes a cyclist!
Cleveland Ordinance § 431.03 3 feet for a car: 6 feet for a truck or bus
Ohio Revised Code §4511.27(A)(1) & (2) effective March 21, 2017.