Cycling Rights Book


Greater Cleveland’s Bike Attorney Ken Knabe’s new book “Cycling Rights: Bicycles, E-Bikes & Micro-Mobility Devices” is now available in paperback.

To purchase your copy, visit

Profits from the purchase of “Cycling Rights” through the link above will go directly to Bike Cleveland to support their mission of creating a region that is sustainable, connected, healthy, and vibrant by promoting bicycling and advocating for safe and equitable transportation for all.

To purchase a Kindle version, visit Amazon Kindle

As it becomes available, updates and other information regarding legislation, cycling laws, and more will be posted on this page.


“It is amazing to see you bring your expertise on bicycling and law to book form. I find it to be organized and insightful. Thank you for putting together such a comprehensive work.” – The Honorable David T. Matia

“Thank you for including some of my story in (Cycling Rights). The more real-life stories of DUIE devastation people hear about, the better the chances are that at least a few will be able to get past “it won’t happen to me” and realize the danger. I read the entire book and I’m so glad I did. I learned a lot that can help me be a safer driver around bicyclists. I am sharing the dooring idea with everyone I can.” – Sharon Montgomery

June 2021/Upcoming:

Ken will be interviewed for, discussing cycling law and safety as he and Video Producer John Pana take an epically adventurous bike ride around Cuyahoga County! Stay tuned for further information.


Knabe Law Firm is honored with a “Bicycle Friendly Business” Silver designation by the League of American Bicyclists via its Bicycle Friendly America (BFA℠) program! KLF is one of only two Ohio Law Firms awarded this Silver designation, joining the international Cleveland-based law firm Squire Patton Boggs. The BFA℠ program provides “a tool for (making) bicycling a real transportation and recreation option for all people.” Ken’s ongoing commitment to protecting and supporting fellow cyclists through safety education, Vision Zero Cleveland legislation, and legal representation continues to be his passion. Many thanks to the League of American Bicyclists for recognizing KLF’s commitment with this timely and meaningful award!

May 2021/Upcoming:

Ken was recently interviewed by Jordan Davis of CoolCleveland for an upcoming feature regarding bike safety in Ohio on the website. Link provided when available!

May 2021:

Ken is featured in Lakewood Public Library’s Virtual Author series for May 2021!


Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) Board Member Ken offered an update on OTET’s North Section on a webinar.


Effective April 15, 2021 Ohio House Bill 295 will establish requirements for low-speed micro-mobility devices (electric scooters), amend sections 1345.022, 4501.01, 4509.01, 4511.01, 4511.513, 4511.522, 4511.68, and 4511.711, enact section 4511.514 of the Revised Code to amend the law related to unsafe tires, and make other changes to the law related to special modes of transportation.


Ken enjoyed sharing his insights re cycling legally and safely, via the Cleveland Law Library/Cleveland Public Library Cycling Rights Book Discussion Group.


Gov. Mike DeWine signs bills regulating electric scooters, overhauling Ohio’s workplace discrimination laws:


Ken appreciated the opportunity to share tips on cycling safety and the law via ZOOM “Inspire by the Fire” presented by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits!


BOOK REVIEW by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits: Thanks to Ken Knabe of Knabe Law Firm Co., LPA for his support of the cycling community! As you may have noticed, our roadways are currently booming with increased cycling. His new book released just a few weeks ago details cycling rights and how to “cycle right”, which is paramount for road safety. One chapter for motorists explains the “whys” of what cyclists are doing out there, and another discusses real Ohio bike cases involving cyclists in a multitude of situations—with varying results! Ken’s book also answers cycling-related questions and issues that confront cyclists every day.


BOOK REVIEW in The Columbus Dispatch: Thank you to columnist Joe Blundo for reviewing the book in his column “Bike attorney shares experiences and do’s and don’ts of riding on the road.”


In Cycling Rights, Chapter 14: The Rise of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) offers an overview of Automated Driving Systems, and state and national efforts regarding their safety. With many auto manufacturers touting the automation upgrades in their vehicles it was only a matter of time before research results became available. A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab found a decrease in driver attention, i.e., “driver disengagement” over time as they became accustomed to their vehicle’s automated and adaptive features:


BOOK REVIEW in The Lakewood Observer: Many thanks to Publisher Jim O’Bryan for the recent article featuring my book “Cycling Rights: Bicycles, E-Bikes & Micro-Mobility Devices”. Jim has been involved in the cycling scene since the genesis of Bike Lakewood! Click the link to read all about it:


BOOK LAUNCH by Bike Cleveland: The Bike Cleveland Virtual Book Launch video for my book “Cycling Rights” is now available on YouTube! Great for all seeking Ohio cycling law and safety knowledge. Many thanks to Jacob VanSickle for co-hosting the October event and for all the work that went into creating this excellent video!



As mentioned in Chapter 5 of my book, Gov. Mike DeWine announced in April 2019 a permanent Distracted Driving Advisory Council to “develop” a longstanding plan to “change the culture” around the issue of distracted driving. Gov. DeWine has since appointed Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath to create the Ohio Traffic Safety Council, which held its first meeting on November 4, 2020. With thanks to Chuck Smith of Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) for attending the meeting and providing the following information.

In addition to discussion of the ongoing centerline rumble strip program, installation of roundabouts, and the OSTATS crash data program, the Council’s Priority Areas will be:

    1. Impaired Drivers
    2. Young Drivers
    3. Distracted Driving

The Ohio Traffic Safety Council will meet four times in 2021: February 10, May 5, August 4, and November 3.


As discussed in chapter five of my book Cycling Rights, distracted driving is getting increased attention by law enforcement. Distracted driving includes any activity potentially distracting a driver from their primary task — DRIVING — and increasing crash risk. It can include looking away from the road (visual), putting hands away from the wheel (manual), or focusing the mind on something other than the task of driving (cognitive).

Recently, the Ohio State Highway Patrol collaborated with highway patrols in five other states in the region! As part of the October 2020 6-State Trooper Project, the OSHP took part in an initiative in which a total of 491 drivers were cited for distracted driving related offenses.

The 6-State Trooper Project includes highway safety, criminal patrol, and intelligence sharing with a goal of coordinated law enforcement and security services. For a breakdown of Ohio citations by county, visit:

10/2/20: National Park Service (NPS) has addressed the growing popularity of electric bikes (e-bikes) and announced final regulations specifying their use, for “transportation and recreation in a manner similar to traditional bicycles”:

UPDATE: Bike Cleveland has since confirmed that in the CVNP, the rules remain the same regardless of the October statement from the NPS, with Class 1 & 2 allowed on the Towpath, and all classes prohibited on the East Rim Trails.



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