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New state law aims to keep bicyclists safe, but what rules do they have to obey?

Posted at 3:24 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 15:27:00-04

A new Ohio state law requires vehicles to give bikes a three-foot cushion when passing on the road. But bicyclists also have rules to ride by.

Bikes on the road must have lights at night — red in the back and white in the front.

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"Most bicycles come with reflectors when you buy them new, which is fine for daytime use, but dusk and beyond you need actual illumination placed on the bike," Jason Kuhn with Bike Cleveland told News 5.

Kuhn said bicyclists are not allowed to ride between vehicles, something you have probably seen before.

“If you're talking about splitting between, like moving between lanes of traffic, that is something that shouldn't be done,” Kuhn said.

Kuhn said rules of the road boil down to this:

Laws that apply to vehicles, apply to bikes on the road.

"Nearly all the same infractions you could be ticketed for in a motor vehicle, you could be ticketed for on a bicycle, speed limits, stop signs, stop lights, and any other markings," Kuhn said.

Adult bicyclists are not required to wear helmets.

"Even without a law in place, it's common sense to wear a helmet on the roadway,” Kuhn said.