Bike Bay

Overview:
Biking is not only for recreation.  It can also be a mode of transportation that can replace your car for many local errands.  Substituting a bike for a car not only reduces pollutants within our own city, but it also can improve your health by the additional exercise that you obtain through the activity.  Exercise has been shown to help maintain a healthy body weight, reduces stress, reduces depression, and increase your feeling of well being.  The improved health may help keep you out of the doctor's office, thereby saving you from expensive medical bills.

Ohio Biking Laws:
Bay Village has extensive sidewalks throughout the city for anyone not comfortable riding on the road.  Road biking, however, is perfectly legal on all roads in the state of Ohio (except federal highways).  Bikes are given the same rights to the road as other vehicles.  No city within the state may prohibit bikes from using public roads.  Road bikers must obey all vehicular laws including:

1. Riding with traffic, not against it
2. Stop Lights
3. Stop Signs
4. Yield Signs
5. No passing on the right of a vehicle
6. Using turn signals when appropriate
7. Lights at night

The state laws affecting bicycling can be viewed on the state's website here:

Lane Placement for Bikers:
Bikers must also ride to the right in most situations.  Do not, however ride so far to the right that you put yourself in danger of hitting the curb if you have to avoid an object on the road.  It is best to ride where the right tire of a car would normally be on the road.  This forces drivers to safely pass you and gives you room to safely avoid objects and potholes in the road.  The added safety comes from the fact that riding in this zone allows one to swerve right to avoid hazards instead of swerving left into passing traffic.  Riding too close to the curb encourages passing drivers to "squeeze" by you.  This creates a dangerous situation for everyone and prevents you from being able to avoid road hazards. 

Bicycle Safety Guide from Ohio Department of Transportation:

Mapping your Route:
You may wish to utilize the county bike map (http://www.noaca.org/cuybike.pdf) or try using Google Maps to map the most efficient bikeable routes to your destination http://maps.google.com/bikinging

Other Tips:
  • Make sure to safety check your bicycle before each ride.

  • Proper tire pressure makes the ride much easier.

  • There is also a big difference between bikes when it comes to riding efficiency.  You are much more likely to bike if it is easy.  If you become a serious rider, you may want to look into getting a more efficient bicycle.
Bay Bike to School Challenge:
Every year, Century Cycles sponsors the Bay Bike to School Challenge.  Hundreds of students log thousands of miles on their bikes.  Read more about it here and join if you are a student: http://centurycycles.com/events/bike-to-school-challenge-pg943.htm

Bike Cleveland Bike Challenge:
Allows area residents to log their bicycle miles into a nationwide system to show legislators that bicycling is a legitimate form of transportation. The Challenge is occurring between May 1 and August 31, 2012.  Join here: http://bikecleveland.org/challenge/