Bicyclist or pedestrian? It should be easy for us to understand when you are one or the other, right?

To the Editor:

Bicyclist or pedestrian?

It should be easy for us to understand when you are one or the other, right?

If you are walking in a pedestrian crosswalk at an intersection controlled by traffic and walk signals then you might be a pedestrian.

The Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws, Section 10 -- Bicycles states that a bicyclist must ride with, not against, other vehicular traffic and keep to the right edge of the roadway unless walking the bicycle (thus now a pedestrian). Bike trails have other, additional rules.

If a bicyclist chooses to leave the roadway and use a crosswalk to cross a street then he should dismount, become a pedestrian and walk the bicycle in the crosswalk while following the pedestrian signals, not the overhead traffic control signals.

Yes, I did check with the local police about this.

Recently, I was turning east from the Home Depot lot at McCorkle and Maxtown Road, in the left-turn only lane with a green turn arrow, and nearly collided with a bicyclist crossing in the crosswalk from behind on my left side. I avoided a double disaster since he was towing a child in a cart attached to his bicycle. I checked and the crosswalk still had "do not walk" (as all walk signals do at left turn arrows).

As I recall his loud and unwarranted comments, I am sure he can never understand that as a pedestrian or a bicyclist he was violating the law while ignoring the "do not walk" signal.

Sadly, he may continue to ride in crosswalks and use only the vehicle traffic signals for his clue to cross an intersection; hopefully he is not towing his child when he finally learns how to legally and safely cross a street. Maybe this will help him and others.

Bob Mains

Westerville