Who is Ken Knabe? What is a “Bicycle Attorney?”

I’ve been a Trial Lawyer for 39 years, and I have enjoyed riding bikes since I was a kid. Today, cycling is a major part of my life. I enjoy reaping the physical and psychological benefits, and enjoy the challenge and camaraderie the open road brings. I’ve ridden many centuries, have cycled for a cure ...Continue reading »

Posted on July 7, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe

The New Kid in Town: E-Bike (electronic bike)

The E-Bike Aventon Class 3 E-Bike available at Joy Machines Bike Shop Cleveland It looks a lot like the traditional “muscle-powered” bike. Fairdale traditional bike shown by Joy Machines Bike Shop owner Alex Nosse The E-Bike is the fastest-growing bike market in the U.S. and—since exploding in popularity a few years ago (even before the ...Continue reading »

Posted on May 13, 2021 by Kenneth Knabe

Permitted Bicycle Byways

Just in time for the 2021 cycling season, cyclist Stephen Johnson of Westerville recently shared some timely and relevant questions regarding where to ride legally and safely! In Ohio, adult cyclists have an absolute legal right to ride on the road except on divided, controlled access freeways. The selective bicycle exclusion signage on freeways is ...Continue reading »

Posted on May 10, 2021 by Kenneth Knabe

Media Appearances, Library Placement, & Volunteering!

In December Ken was featured on WCPN/ideastream’s The Sound of Ideas, had articles published in The Lakewood Observer and The Columbus Dispatch, and earlier this year shared tips on cycling safety and law via “Inspire by the Fire” presented by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. During an Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) webinar in April, OTET Board ...Continue reading »

Posted on May 17, 2021 by Kenneth Knabe

Bike Cleveland’s Bike Smarts Series – Bikes & The Law

I had the distinct pleasure this week to once again partner with my friends at Bike Cleveland and share some critically important information about bike law and how to stay safe and legal while you’re out on the roads. Topics covered included: Where to find the law How to apply it Cyclists rights and responsibilities ...Continue reading »

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe

Why Three Feet? Ohio’s Passing Law Explained.

Everyone wants to be “safe” out on the roads, and traffic laws are designed to further that goal. The problem is, sometimes the law uses broad language to prescribe conduct which can have unintended consequences. This was the case in Ohio with the laws governing the passing of other vehicles. Before the passage of House ...Continue reading »

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe

“Dooring” and the “Dutch Reach”

“Dooring” is a growing issue for cyclists and motorists. It occurs when a motorist in a parked vehicle opens their driver’s side door without first checking to see if anyone (such as a cyclist) is passing on the left and it is particularly hazardous for riders in urban areas. I’d like to thank Tom “The ...Continue reading »

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Posted on July 6, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe

Cyclist Duties Under Ohio Law

Since bicycles are considered vehicles, bicycles are lawfully allowed on almost all roads, and bicyclists cannot be confined to riding on the sidewalk. Many local ordinances prohibit riding on the sidewalk and many sidewalks contain hazards not found on the road.

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Posted on July 1, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe

Can a Bicyclist Legally Go Through a Red Light in Ohio?

Maybe you've heard of the "dead red" law that passed in Ohio a few years ago, but do you know when you can and cannot legally proceed through a red light?

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Posted on June 25, 2020 by Kenneth Knabe