On Tuesday, December 22, 2004, Governor Bob Taft signed the Share The Road license plate into law as part of House Bill 406. This law culminates five years of efforts by the Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) to create an auto license plate which will publicize the importance of motorists sharing Ohio's roads with bicyclists. Proceeds from the plate pay for publishing "Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts," a free booklet giving the Ohio law regarding cycling. The booklet and the "Share the Road" plate will be available after March 23, 2005.
UPDATE - As of November 30, 2005, there have been 777 "Share the Road" license plates sold. A minimum of 1000 license plates must be sold by March 23, 2006, or the plate will be discontinued. Don't let the "Share the Road" plate go away! Spread the word to your cycling friends, and follow the steps below to get your plate!
To get your Share The Road plates on the web (after March 23):
1. Go to www.oplates.com.
2. Click on "special plates."
3. Scroll to and click on "Share The Road."
OR, pedal to your local deputy registrar!
You may purchase a SHARE THE ROAD plate at any time during the year--even if you are not renewing your registration. You would just pay the cost of the plate ($15.00) plus the transaction fee ($3.50). If want to personalize your SHARE THE ROAD plate, this will cost up to $35 extra.
Many individuals prefer to request the SHARE THE ROAD plate at the time of renewal. A customer may renew their registration up to 90 days prior to the expiration date; for example, if my registration expires on June 30, I may renew as early as April 1. You would request the SHARE THE ROAD plate and pay for your registration renewal at that time. Visit www.ohiobike.org for more information.
Ohio Bicycle Federation Chair Chuck Smith said, "Share The Road license plates are a great way to show your belief in motorists and cyclists sharing the road for their mutual benefit." For more information, contact Chuck Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.