Resources

We’ve put together a number of resources to help you get the most out of your cycling experience. Below you’ll find information on cycling etiquette and safety as well as links to useful information such as Ohio’s bike laws.

Links

Ohio Bicycle Laws and Tips

Activate Allen County

Ohio Bicycling Calendar (For tours and some races. Usually updated each March or so.)

Ohio Cycling (Various races throughout the year)

Bicycle Museum of America (New Bremen, OH)

Ohio Scenic Byways

Ohio State Parks

Ohio Tourism

Cycling Etiquette & Safety

  • Ride with traffic, never against it.  This means riding on the right hand side of the road.
  • Keep to the right, but don’t ride too close to the road’s edge.  Do not ride over the center of the road unless passing and if the road is clear.
  • Obey stop signs and red lights.  Come to a brief stop even if another motorist waves you through.  It’s the law.  Wave back and then proceed.  There might be other motorists who do not see what has happened and it is your responsibility to be sure the intersection is safe.
  • Respect others’ right-of-way.  Especially when approaching pedestrians and when using pathways.
  • Use hand signals whenever appropriate.  Especially turn signal motions at least 200 feet before turning.
  • It is best to only ride two bicycles wide or single file in groups.  Be cognizant of the road you are on about whether it makes sense to ride single or two wide.  Do not impede traffic if not necessary.  If the road is not wide enough for two cars and a bicycle across anyhow, it can actually be better to ride two ride.  Single file can cause motorists to take chances passing they should not in some situations.  Two wide usually makes drivers really consider if it is safe to pass us.  Always be single file if the road is wide enough for two cars and a bicycle to safely pass.
  • Do not spread a  bicycle group out, especially on urban and city roads.  This makes it more difficult for motorist to pass and creates an unsafe group if a vehicle happens to get caught in the middle of the group trying to pass.  The front riders must slow down if the group is becoming fractured.  10 cyclists should not require an entire city block length for example.
  • You must stay in your lane even on rural roads.  Start another line if a pace line is struggling with a cross wind and you have run out of road lane.  Do not ride over the center of the road.
  • Do not cross/stagger wheels when riding single file.  This is known to be one of the most common contributors to crashes.
  • Always be predictable.  Don’t weave or make sudden moves.
  • Use lane markings.
  • Don’t needlessly block the road.  If you must stop on the road, be as far to the right as possible or in the grass.
  • Use lights at night.  Reflective clothing and other devices are also a good idea.
  • Use a helmet and other safety equipment.  A helmet is always required for all Team Roadrunners rides.
  • Above all, have fun and be safe!

So Why Ride?

Our cyclists report numerous benefits from riding on a regular basis, including:

  • Better health
  • Reduced stress
  • Weight loss
  • Camaraderie
  • Improved mood
  • Better sleep
  • Better circulation

And that’s just the beginning of the list!

If you would like to enjoy these benefits, join Team Roadrunners today. Membership fees are minimal. We would love to have you along for the ride.