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.

Supreme Court says “Cops VISUAL Is All They Need for Speeding Ticket”

In a wild new decision, the Ohio Supreme Court has decided that a cop’s VISUAL determination of speed is all that is needed to support a speeding ticket!

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Can The Bicycle Save The World?

“…After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable.  A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go.  You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow.” ~H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance.

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Steve is a Featured Blogger!

Guest Blogging at Soapbox Cincinnati!

Soapbox Cincinnati is an online E-zine that features news and stories about Cincinnati, financial stories, neighborhood stories, restaurant stories and… a weekly guest blogger.  I was asked to be the Guest Blogger during Bike Month!

You can read my online blog posts here.

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Steve Speaks in Columbus for BIKE MONTH

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May is BIKE MONTH, of course…and I was very excited to be invited by Yay Bikes to speak in Columbus during their Bike Month event!

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Visit Steve’s New FACEBOOK Page!

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.

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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?

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