Monday, February 5, 2007

Columbus City Bike Laws: Part 2

Continuing our exploration of Columbus bicycle laws, we're heading into some territory that isn't nearly as geared toward motorcycles.
2173.03 Attaching bicycle or sled to vehicle.
(a) No person riding upon any motorcycle, bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to the person to any vehicle upon a roadway. No operator shall knowingly permit any person riding upon any motorcycle, bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicles to attach the same or the operator to any vehicle while it is moving upon a roadway. This section does not apply to the towing of a disabled vehicle.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. (ORC 4511.54; Ord. 1579-72; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part).)
This is easy. Never attach your bike to another vehicle and attempt to ride along on it. That means grabbing another vehicle and doing the Marty McFly all the way to work. And since cycling is partially about the exercise, why would you want to? Also, no one else is allowed to do it to you when you're driving.
2173.04 Riding bicycles and motorcycles abreast.
(a) Persons riding bicycles or motorcycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two (2) abreast in a single lane, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or motorcycles.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted or pleaded guilty to one (1) predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one (1) year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two (2) or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. (ORC 4511.55(B); Ord. 1050-77; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part).)
I almost don't even need to explain this one: no more than two bikes side-by-side on a road, unless the road is set up for it. Since this is Columbus.... that pretty much means two bikes at a time.

Easy enough stuff for today. Tomorrow we'll be looking at reflectors and lights on your bikes.

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