Preventing the RIGHT HOOK...

Right Hook Prevention in Bike Lanes from Keri Caffrey on Vimeo.

In this video, we examine the two common types of right hook: 1) when a motorist passes a bicyclist and turns right; 2) when a bicyclist rides into the blind spot of a motorist who is turning right. As with most crashes, a right hook can be prevented by one party regardless of error or legal fault on the part of the other. We show how either the bicyclist or the motorist can prevent this conflict.

This video focuses on bike lane dynamics. Right hooks can happen on roads without bike lanes — in wide lanes or narrow lanes. The cause and prevention are the same in those cases as well.

Where to Ride in the Road!?!

 

 

Watch this informative video on where you should position yourself in the travel lane.  Check out the Ohio Revised Code after the break.

Based on ORC 4511.55, Operating bicycles and motorcycles on roadway, here is law pertaining to lane positioning:

  • Ride near to the right side of the roadway as "practicable"
  • Ride no more that two abreast in a single lane
  • You are not required to ride at the edge of the roadway when:
    1) It is unreasonable or unsafe to do so
    2) To avoid fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, surface hazards, etc.
    3) If the lane is too narrow for the bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side.

So, if the lane is too narrow to "share", you should command the lane to signal for motorists to change lanes to pass safely.

Commuter Special Use Trail Permit

Regional trails are used for commuting as well as recreation, fitness and enjoying nature. Because trail hours are the same as the Metroparks - 7 a.m. until dark every day of the year - it limits some commuters' options. For example, someone bicycling to work, school or church during open hours would be unable to return on the same trail after dark.  

For this reason, Metroparks Toledo issues special permits for after hours commuting on the University Parks Trail and the Wabash Cannonball Trail.

Intersections and Facility Transitions

Oh where, oh where did my bike lane go...

Intersections can be tricky to navigate depending on the facility that you choose to drive in.  Bike lanes are really just a wider travel lane with a stripe of paint between you and the motorist.  What should you do when your bike lane ends?  This is a common situation as bike lanes are generally added in sections when a road is reconstructed.

Coming Soon-- Instructional videos to help you navigate through intersections like this one at Sylvania Ave. and Holland-Sylvania.

Bikes, People, a Bus and Cars

Another re-creation in Australia of the world-famous transport photo.  On Sunday 9th September 69 volunteers, 69 bicycles, 60 cars and one bus gathered in Canberra to recreate a world-renowned photograph taken more than 20 years ago to demonstrate the advantages of bus and bicycle travel in congested cities.

The image shows the typical space occupied in a city street by three common modes of transport—cars, bicycles and a bus—and is being made available free of charge to organisations, group and individuals to help promote the efficiency of public transport and cycling in congested cities.

Source: http://www.cyclingpromotion.org/promotional-resources

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