Bicycle crashes happen all the time.
In fact, there were 44 traffic crashes between 2014 and 2016 involving a cyclist in Lorain County.
Under a new state law passed in March, drivers have to provide three feet of safe space 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 be careful, yard signs advertising the law are available at no cost at the following Lorain County locations while supplies last:
• Lorain County JVS in Pittsfield Township
• Lorain County Metro Parks Carlisle Reservation
• Lorain County prosecutor’s office in Elyria
• Lorain County Sheriff’s Office in Elyria Township
• Oberlin police station
• North Ridgeville police station
• Wellington police station
“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.
For more information on seat belt use, impaired driving, and motorcycle safety, contact the Lorain County General Health District at 440-322-6367 or visit www.loraincountyhealth.com.