Friday, February 16, 2007

Columbus City Bike Laws: Part 8

So we're at the last entry for the city bike laws series. The last part covers vehicles that, while still motorized, are probably reactions to the gas crisis we're experiencing now.

2173.13 Motorized bicycle operation, equipment and license.

(a) No person shall operate a motorized bicycle upon any street or highway or any public or private property used by the public for purposes of vehicular travel or parking, unless all the following conditions are met:
(1) The person is fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years of age and holds a valid probationary motorized bicycle license issued after the person has passed the test provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code, or the person is sixteen (16) years of age or older and holds either a valid commercial driver’s license issued under Chapter 4506 of the Ohio Revised Code, or a driver’s license issued under Chapter 4507 of the Ohio Revised Code or a valid motorized bicycle license issued after the person has passed the test provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code, except that if a person is sixteen (16) years of age, has a valid probationary motorized bicycle license and desires a motorized bicycle license, the person is not required to comply with the testing requirements provided for in Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code;
(2) The motorized bicycle is equipped in accordance with the rules adopted under division (b) of Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code and is in proper working order;
(3) The person, if under eighteen (18) years of age, is wearing a protective helmet on the person’s head with the chin strap properly fastened and the motorized bicycle is equipped with a rear-view mirror.
(4) The person operates the motorized bicycle when practicable within three (3) feet of the right edge of the roadway obeying all traffic rules applicable to vehicles.
(b) No person operating a motorized bicycle shall carry another person upon the motorized bicycle.
(c) The protective helmet and rear-view mirror required by division (a)(3) of this section shall conform to the rules adopted by the Ohio Director of Public Safety under division (b) of Section 4511.521 of the Ohio Revised Code.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. (ORC 4511.521; Ord. 2083-84; Ord. 2120-03 § 1 (part).)
If you're going to ride a motorized bicycle of some kind, then you need to have a driver's license. If you're between 14 and 16, you need a probationary motorized bicycle license. That means you need to go take a test and get certified. You also need to make sure your motorized bicycle is in proper working order and that you have a helmet that fastens under the chin. You also need a rear-view mirror.

Now this is interesting... when you're driving, you need to be within three feet of the curb as is feasible while driving (if you're getting into a left turn lane, you probably don't need to be within three feet of the curb. Cyclists, as you may remember, don't have that number attached to their distance from the curb... they just have to stay as close to the right as is feasible in the situation.

Now remember from our last entry on City Bike Laws: you have to stay on the street with these things, you can't drive on bike paths.

So... get yourself a real bike. Get the exercise, take advantage of the little that we have to take advantage of as cyclists... and don't pour more carbon into the air.

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