Bicycling in Youngstown
Bicycling for Transportation
Bicycling for transportation is easy when you pick the right
roads. With this map (click on map at right), expert cyclists have
shared what they know about the most pleasant and useful routes
around the City of Youngstown. They've worked to find a good road
within half a mile of wherever you are, or wherever you'd like to
But not all pleasant roads are rated on this map! Most city
streets are fine for cycling, and you may find many others that are
useful for you. So use this map as a beginning, but explore on your
own. See the sights, meet your neighbors, and enjoy your bike in the
The Youngstown, Ohio Bicycle Transportation Map is courtesy of the Outspokin' Wheelmen and the Youngstown State
University Center for Urban and Regional Studies. Printed maps are available for $2
each at local bicycle shops and at the City of Youngstown Economic Development Office, 20 Federal Place - 2nd Floor, 20 West Federal Street, Youngstown.
proposals for bicycle trails in Youngstown are under
consideration. However, while there currently are no dedicated
trails within the city limits, there are four major asphalt
"rail-to-trail" paths within a 5 to 20 mile radius of Youngstown,
including three completed segments of the Great Ohio Lake-To-River
Bicycle Safety Tips
- Ride on the right side of the road. Never ride facing
traffic. Riding facing traffic is far more dangerous
than riding with traffic. (Want to keep an eye on traffic? Use a
- Use lights at night. Reflectors are not
enough! The law requires a headlight and taillight.
- Ride your bike as a vehicle. Cyclists have
the same rights to the road as other vehicle operators, and
cyclists must follow the same rules!
- Stay off sidewalks. Sidewalk riding is more
dangerous than properly riding the road.
- Follow ALL the rules of the road. Obey
traffic lights, stop signs and lane markings.
- Ride straight and steady. Don't weave in
between parked cars.
- Stay out of the gutter! Gutter riders are
less visible, have less room to avoid potholes, and are more
likely to be cut off by motorists. You have a legal right to the
road, not just the gutter!
- Stay out of the door zone! Car doors can pop
open and knock you into traffic. Give parked cars at least five
feet of clearance.
- Make eye contact with motorists. It helps
get motorists' attention, and can warn you if you're not
- Choose your left turn style. If you have the
skill, first signal, then move toward road center when clear
behind, then turn left when clear ahead. Too difficult? You may
prefer to ride straight, stop at the far right corner, turn your
bike toward the left, then cross when it's clear.
- Share the lane when safe passing is possible.
When it's safe to share the lane, let faster vehicles pass.
- Don't share narrow lanes. If a lane's too
narrow to safely share, discourage unsafe passing by riding near
lane center. You have a legal right to safe use of the lane!
- Watch the road surface. Avoid potholes,
gravel, glass, and slippery wet metal.
- Don't get clothing caught in your bike. Tie
your shoelaces short, use safety pins or other devices to
contain pants cuffs, and keep jackets etc. from dangling into
your spokes or chain.
- Carry packages only in bags, baskets or racks.
Don't carry items in your hands or arms while you ride.
- Use extra care in the rain. Roads are
slippery, and bike brakes don't work as well when wet.
- Cross train tracks carefully. Cross at a
right angle, or your wheel may stick in the slot and cause a
- Keep your bike in good repair. Check your
brakes and tires. Be sure nothing is loose.
Ohio's Bicycle Laws - Condensed version
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- § 4501.01. - Bicycles are legally vehicles!
- § 4511.07. - Local ordinances may not prohibit riding bicycles
on the road, and cannot violate uniform rules of the road.
- § 4511.25. - Bicyclists must ride on the right half of the
road, not facing traffic. They are not required to endanger
themselves to let others pass.
- § 4511.27. - Bicycles must pass slower vehicles on the left.
They may not needlessly obstruct passing vehicles.
- § 4511.31. - Motorists may cross a yellow line to pass bikes
or other vehicles traveling less than half the speed limit, if
it is safe to do so.
- § 4511.36. - Bicyclists must make turns from the appropriate
side of their road or lane (i.e. no left turns from the right
edge of the road).
- § 4511.39. - Bicyclists must signal their turns. Signal only
once, and only when you can safely ride with one hand.
- § 4511.40. - Hand signals: "Slowing or stopping" is the hand
and arm down and to the left. "Left turn" is the hand and arm
pointing straight out to the left. "Right turn" is the right arm
pointing straight out to the right, or the left arm extended up
and pointing right.
- § 4511.52. - Bicyclists must follow traffic laws, and can be
ticketed and fined when they don't. Violators may be required to
take a bike safety course.
- § 4511.54. - Bicyclists may not hang on to motor vehicles to
- § 4511.55. - Bicyclists must keep right, but only as far right
as is safe. They may ride away from the edge of the road
whenever necessary for safety - for example, to prevent unsafe
passing in a narrow lane, or to avoid surface hazards, car doors
that may open, or other objects. Bicyclists are permitted to
ride two abreast, but no more than two abreast.
- § 4511.56. - Bikes used at night must have a white headlight,
a red taillight and a red rear reflector, which may be part of
the taillight. Bikes must have an adequate brake.
- § 4511.711. - Local authorities can prohibit sidewalk
City of Youngstown Bicycle Ordinances:
- 303.06 - Bicycles may not be ridden on freeways.
- 371.07 - Bicyclists must yield right of way to pedestrians on
- 373.02 - Ride only on a proper bike seat, and keep at least
one hand on the handlebars.
- 373.08 - Reckless operation of bicycles is prohibited.
- 373.09 - Bikes can't be parked where they interfere with
pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
- 373.10 - Ordinances for motorized bicycles are much more
- 373.13 - Bikes may not be ridden on sidewalks or jogging paths
in Wick Park.
Local Bicycle Shops
Join Youngstown's Bicycle Club. Explore the area with us! Rides
P.O. Box 838
Youngstown, OH 44501
Join the Ohio Bicycle Federation - Your cycling advocacy
organization, working with the legislature for bicyclists' rights in