We are working to make cycling a form of active transportation in the region. It is about creating momentum and advocacy for a true lifestyle change that starts with small steps. As Americans we love our cars, no doubt about that. We think nothing of driving less than a mile to the bank, the store or even from one parking lot to another at a shopping center. Instead, save money, reduce stress, and help transform our streets in to places for people, whether on a bike or walking on the sidewalk.
Try Biking Around Where You Live:
- Start by finding an affordable bike in good working condition. See our list of local bike shops.
- Take your bike out on quiet neighborhood streets, paved trails, etc. and ride around for 10-15 minutes getting comfortable with braking, changing gears, and adjusting your seat if needed.
- Practice riding with a buddy or a social club. There are many groups that you can join!
- Set a GOAL! Bike for fun, for your health, with your kids, to save the environment – whatever gets you pushing your pedals.
Try Biking to Work:
As our waistlines – and our dependence on foreign oil – increase, the quality of our life and air decrease. But it’s not as if we are trying to pollute our environment or be less active, it’s just become second nature to grab the keys and go. But there’s a better way. Residents of the Greater Dayton Region have a unique opportunity to make change and positively affect the environment in which we live, work and play.
Information on Smart Cycling:
- Getting Started, “Driving Your Bike”
- Bicycle Equipment Checklist
- Cycling Safely, Predictably, and Visibly
- Video on why riding on the sidewalk is dangerous – trust us – it makes sense
Reasons You Should Hop on a Bike:
Why Local Businesses and Policy Makers Should Support Biking:
- Transform Your Workplace – 5 E’s of Bicycle Friendly Businesses
- Transform Our Cities – 5 E’s of a Bicycle Friendly Community
- Inspiration from a Mayor – Video of Pittsburgh
Tips for Bike Commuters
Understand Bike Laws Before You Ride
- Rules of the Road – What you need to know to be part of traffic, not apart from traffic.
- Ohio’s state bike laws
- City of Dayton bike laws* – Click Traffic Code Title VII, Chapter 74 – all applicable sections.
- City of Kettering bike laws* – Note the language about age and helmets for sidewalk riding allowance.
- City of Oakwood bike laws* – Click on Codified Ordinances, Volume #1, Chapter 3.
- City of Miamisburg bike laws* – Click on Codified Ordinances – Traffic, scroll to Chapter 444. Note the requirment of licensing and registration card.
City of Centerville bike laws* – Click Municipal Code, Part 04 – Traffic, scroll to Chapter 472.
- City of Beavercreek bike laws* – Click the link and go to Chapter 75 > Bicycles.
- City of Fairborn bike laws* – Click on Fairborn Charter and Codified Ordinance, Part Three-Traffic Code, Title Nine, Chapter 353.
- City of Riverside bike laws* – Click Traffic Code, scroll down to Chapter 373.
- City of Vandalia bike laws* – Click Part Four, Title Six, click within Chapter 444.
- City of Trotwood bike laws* – Click City Ordinances, Part Three, Title Nine, Chapter 373.
City of Springfield bike laws* – Click on Part 3 – Traffic, Title Nine, click Chapter 373.
City of Troy bike laws* – Click Part 3 – Traffic Code, Title Nine, click Chapter 373.
*All local municipalities have unique language in their respective laws and ordinances. Please check what you can and cannot do on a bicycle in your town and verify it is the most up to date wording by contacting your local goverment office.