ABC 19 Cleveland (March 20th, 2017)

New law enforces 3-foot cushion for bikers on Ohio roads

“CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Sharing the road with cyclists is a concept many people continue to get used to.

“A lot of times cyclists get pushed up against the curb or passed well within 3-feet,” said Jacob VanSickle, Bike Cleveland executive director.

A new law, which takes effect Tuesday, aims to enforce a 3-foot barrier by creating the penalty of a minor misdemeanor for drivers caught too close to bikers. Ohio will become one of 27 states to enforce this type of law.

“You can feel the wind of the car going by you, almost hitting your handlebars. It can be a harrowing experience,” said VanSickle.

About 50 people gathered in Public Square for a ride Monday evening, celebrating the new law they advocated for. Starting Tuesday, drivers spotted within 3-feet of a cyclist face a $150 fine.



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