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Cycling Rights: Bicycles, E-Bikes & Micro-Mobility Devices

Kenneth Knabe

Staying legal—and SAFE—in the saddle!

Knowledge equals power AND protection in our modern cycling world.

Greater Cleveland’s Bike Attorney/Cyclist Kenneth Knabe shares an expansive overview of the rapidly evolving landscape of Ohio bike law, bike infrastructure and what it means, legally and practically for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Included is an overview of the burgeoning micro-mobility scene. This resource guide is written by a highly qualified personal injury attorney who is also an avid and experienced cyclist.

“Guiding and representing fellow cyclists is a calling to me.”

Ken is a Bike Cleveland Corporate Sponsor and co-author of the Bikes and the Law section on its website. He serves on the boards of the Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) and the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET), and co-chairs the Maintenance & Vehicle Fleet subcommittee of the City of Cleveland’s Vision Zero Taskforce. Vision Zero is a strategy designed to reduce to zero the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries on our roads, for all users.

He has represented numerous cyclists injured in bike crashes and was injured in a bike crash caused by an unsafe motorist. His legal practice has a dual focus: safety and crash prevention via knowledge of the law for cyclists, and guiding cyclists who have been injured through the legally complex process on their road to recovery. Bike event sponsorship, publishing, and teaching bike education and safety classes are further ways Ken actively advocates for the cycling community.

Disclaimer: This guide does not constitute legal advice, which can only be provided on an individual attorney/client, case-by-case basis. Rather, it shares the general perspective of an injury attorney with decades of experience who is also an avid cyclist. Read it from cover to cover, or simply focus on the chapters that speak the most to you!

Head Over Wheels: A "Lucky Stiff" Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph

Ken Mercurio

The inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an “impossible” biking tour just 9 months later. On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken's bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn’t die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country’s most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever ride again, Ken made that 5-day/500-mile tour his recovery goal. He tells a remarkable tale of love and support from family and friends, and of spiritual growth, to return to normal in as many ways as possible despite numerous emotional setbacks. From climbing back on a bike for the first time, to walking his daughter down the aisle exactly six months after the accident, readers will share Ken’s joy at reaching each milestone on his recovery journey.