Power for Attorneys
Shannon Zee Cross, Columbus Bar Association
can improve your fitness, reduce your expenses, help the environment,
and get you to the office on time? Your bike.
the country people are leaving the car in the driveway and getting
to work on their own power. The trend is growing so quickly that
many cities are making capital investments in transportation infrastructure
that makes getting to and from work easy for commuters. Columbus
is one such city. With the formation of the Columbus
Bikeways Advisory Committee, plans are in the works
to expand and improve established bikeways, add new bicycle boulevards,
and add traffic calming features such landscaped medians.
how do we get from home to work and back (without ruining our suits
or hitting other snags)? Remember MAGS: Mapping
a route, Allowing enough time, Gearing
up, and Safety.
Mapping: Visit Ohio’s
website to get maps and information about bikeways.
Maps® avoid highways feature is also excellent
for creating city street routes. Look for the green bikeway signs
throughout the city.
Allowing time: Make sure you leave home with enough
time to enjoy the fresh air and get to work on time. Depending on
traffic, a bike can get you to work faster than a car, but play
Gearing up: There are a great variety of accessories
that you may need to commute comfortably and safely: helmets, bells,
clothing, water bottles, panniers (bags that hang over a rack on
the back of your bike), and baskets. There are even panniers specifically
designed to carry our business attire. Every rider and route is
different; consider your specific needs when gearing up.
Safety: Bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities
as operators of motorized vehicles. Specific laws and regulations
can be found on ODOT’s
website. At a minimum, wear a helmet, have reflectors
and lights on your bike, know how to signal a turn, and keep to
the right side of a lane to allow car traffic to pass safely.
Columbus has bike racks all over the city; remember to lock up.
Alternatives magazine has good tips on securing your
Columbusites on bikes also take advantage of relatively flat terrain
and a city small enough to get from Grove City to Clintonville in
an hour and thirty minutes at a leisurely pace.
Enjoy your commute and see you on two-wheels!