Riding bikes is more popular than ever for a number of good reasons and a key question then becomes, can someone get in trouble for riding their bike after drinking alcohol or doing drugs? Usually, we tend to think about drinking and driving when it comes to “cars” or “trucks.”
In Ohio and in most states, one is prohibited from operating any vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Bicycles are included under the definition of “vehicle,” thus one can be cited with a DUI/OVI while riding a bicycle. Also, in Ohio, for instance, it is the exact same restrictions and legal limits (e.g., blowing .08 BAC or above) penalties (e.g., points on your license under Ohio Revised Code 4510.036, restricted driving privileges, misdemeanor or felony charges – depending on the level of offense) as if one had been in one’s car.
Also, under Ohio law, bicycles, farm equipment, snowmobiles, and even horses can be included.
Check with your jurisdiction but overall, besides being illegal it is just plain, good old common sense not to drink or do drugs and then drive anything!