Greater Cleveland’s Bike Attorney Ken Knabe’s new book Cycling Rights: Bicycles, E-Bikes & Micro-Mobility Devices is now available in paperback and Kindle!
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Profits from the purchase of Cycling Rights through the Bike Cleveland link above will go directly to support the organization’s mission of creating a region that is sustainable, connected, healthy, and vibrant by promoting bicycling and advocating for safe and equitable transportation for all.
As it becomes available, updates and other information regarding legislation, cycling laws, and more will be posted on this page.
CH 12 E-Bikes & Ohio Law: In October 2020, National Park Service (NPS) 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”: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/biking/e-bikes.htm 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. Bike Cleveland confirmed that locally, superintendents retain the right to limit, restrict, or impose conditions on e-bike use to ensure visitor safety and resource protection.
CH 13 The Evolution of Micro-Mobility Devices: Effective April 15, 2021 Ohio House Bill 295 established requirements for low-speed micro-mobility devices (electric scooters), amended sections 1345.022, 4501.01, 4509.01, 4511.01, 4511.513, 4511.522, 4511.68, and 4511.711, enacted section 4511.514 of the Revised Code to amend the law related to unsafe tires, and made other changes to the law related to special modes of transportation.
CH 13 The Evolution of Micro-Mobility Devices: On 1/20/21, Gov. Mike DeWine signed bills regulating electric scooters, overhauling Ohio’s workplace discrimination laws: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2021/01/gov-mike-dewine-signs-bills-regulating-electric-scooters-overhauling-ohios-workplace-discrimination-laws.html
December 8, 2021:
Ken will present the latest re. cycling safety and the law at Akron Bicycle Club’s monthly meeting at Papa Joe’s Iacomini’s Restaurant.
Ken was recently interviewed for Cleveland.com, discussing cycling law and safety as he and Video Producer John Pana took an epically adventurous (and safe!) bike ride around the Cleveland Metroparks: Should you bike on roads or trails at Cleveland Metroparks? (video with 10 safety tips) – cleveland.com
Knabe Law Firm is honored with a Bicycle Friendly Business Silver designation for 2021-2025 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!
Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) Board Member Ken offered an update on OTET’s North Section via webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRfdIj7oLJI
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.
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: https://www.iihs.org/news/detail/drivers-let-their-focus-slip-as-they-get-used-to-partial-automation
As mentioned in Chapter Five 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. Many 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:
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: https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/2020_6StateTrooperDistractedDrivingOSHP_PIO.pdf
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”: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/biking/e-bikes.htm
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.