Bike photos by Steve Magas, a race in Walnut Hills, a bike rack at Ride Cincinnati, A ghost bike dedication ceremony and a beautiful bike bell

Protecting The Rights Of Those Who Ride

Steve Magas is Ohio's Bike Lawyer. He has written about Ohio Bike Laws, bike crashes, bicycle advocacy and court cases for some 30 years. Soon we'll be adding a series of features about your favorite Ohio bike shops.

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Screen shot 2010-05-03 at 5.06.26 PMThe Ohio Bike Lawyer Facebook page is now up and running!  You can access here.

Steve On the Radio – Talking BIKE

WOSU is the Ohio State University affiliate for National Public Radio.  Ann Fisher hosts “All Sides” – a two hour daily show that touches the hot button issues of the day.

Ann called me last week to be on her BIKE MONTH show.  The show was great.  We talked for an hour, had callers lined up to ask questions and didn’t have time to say everything there was to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Dogs & Cyclists – With Friends Like These…

By Steven M. Magas, The Bike Lawyer[1]

Dogs are said to be man’s best friend,
I’ll grant you all that much…
It’s just hard for me to call him “Pal”
While he has my calf for lunch!

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Looking for Crash Stats? Check NHTSA’s publications


Looking for bicycle accident or crash statistics?  They can be hard to find sometimes.

NHTSA has a LOT of publications to look at.  FINDING them has always been difficult, though.

Now it’s easy.

A  simple chart, found here, Read the rest of this entry »

RAY LaHOOD – Friends in High Places

It’s good to have friends in high places.  If you’ve been a bicycle advocate for the past 20+ years, as I have, you know that with few exceptions we’ve RARELY had friends … at all, it seems… at the federal level.

That’s changed now.

Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, is officially a “friend” of cycling in my book.

In an era when politicians expect high praise for giving lip service to dedicating a 2 mile trail for cycling which real bike advocates struggled for 10 years to build LaHood is a breath of fresh air.  His comments at the National Bike Summit were truly incredible.  He stood on top of a table and told more than 500 bike advocates that the federal government was actually interested in BIKES.  What a thing! Read the rest of this entry »

Bicycle Crash Statistics – IS IT SAFE TO RIDE?

It’s finally SPRING and riding weather is here in abundance!  With bicycle weather, unfortunately, comes a slew of bicycle crashes.  Reading about people hurt or killed in crashes tends to get us wondering – Is Cycling Safe?

I think the short answer is a resounding YES!!! Read the rest of this entry »

More TASERS In The News –

More Tasers in the News

Here’s a story from ABC News about some recent TASER incidents.

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Two Cops Suspended for Allegedly Slapping and Tasering Boy

Captain Allegedly Smacked and Tasered 10-Year-Old Boy at Day Care Center

By CLEOPATRA ANDREADIS and SARAH NETTER Read the rest of this entry »

Steve Speaks in Columbus

Steve Speaks at HCAT – Healthy Communities – Active Transportation Conference

On March 30, 2010 I spoke at the Healthy Communities – Active Transportation Conference at the gorgeous Riffe Center across from the Capitol in Columbus.  This conference was sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Ohio Association of Regional Councils, Federal Highway Administration, and the Ohio departments of Health and Natural Resources.  The focus was on promoting safety and Complete Streets as a path to building healthy communities and transportation choices for Ohioans. Read the rest of this entry »


This just in from the League of American Bicyclists – CALL THE GOVERNOR!

The LAB is asking cyclists around the country to reach out and touch their governors and ask for support for Ray LaHood’s recently announced National Bike Policy which you can read here or check out the video here!

When you think of the many areas of your personal life, and the many areas of our national policy and “life,” in which bicycling can have an immediate positive impact, it’s hard to believe anyone would not support a statement supporting cycling.  But… these are tough time and cycling’s enemies lurk in strange, dark little [and big] corners… sooo…. Read the rest of this entry »


This just in the the League of American Bicyclists!

Washington, D.C.  March 10, 2010  The League of American Bicyclists is proud to be the forum for Google to announce what all bike riders have been waiting for – Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps. Google is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summitthat they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps.”This new tool will open people’s eyes to the possibility and practicality of hopping on a bike and riding,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We know people want to ride more, and we know it’s good for people and communities when they do ride more – this makes it possible. It is a game-changer, especially for those short trips that are the most polluting,” Read the rest of this entry »