Between 2014 and 2016, 44 traffic crashes in Lorain County involved a bicyclist. Ohio law, passed in March 2017, requires motorists to give a 3-foot “safe distance” when passing bicyclists on the road or along the shoulder; to pass a bicyclist safely, motorists must cross the center lane. If there is oncoming traffic, motorists must wait behind the bicyclist before passing.
To remind motorists to pass bicyclists with 3 or more feet of safe distance, yard signs advertising the law are available at no cost to pick up at the following Lorain County locations while supplies last:
• Lorain County JVS in Oberlin
• Lorain County Metro Parks - Carlisle Reservation in LaGrange
• Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office in Elyria
• Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
• Oberlin Police Department
• North Ridgeville Police Department
• Wellington Police Department
“When motorists see these signs while driving, they’ll remember to think outside of their vehicle and to consider the safety of all travelers on the road,” said Kat Evers Solove, health educator at the Lorain County General Health District and coordinator of the Safe Community Coalition. The Coalition works to reduce injuries and fatalities on Lorain County roadways for all travelers including motor vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.