Though Oregon’s traffic laws provide equal access to the road for cyclists, anyone who rides a bike knows that drivers often fail to notice cyclists on the roadway, or fail to recognize cyclists’ legal right to road. When this happens, it’s the cyclist who pays the price.
Safety Principles for Bikers
• Be visible and stay alert.
• Protect yourself: always wear a helmet.
• Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Ride to the right, with traffic, and in a predictable manner.
Find ODOT’s Bicyclist Manual here.
• Don’t drive in the bike lane unless turning.
• Never honk at a bicyclist unless you have good reason to warn the rider of a hazard.
• Pass bikers to the left only when there is a sufficient amount of room to pass safely.
• Yield to bikers in bike lane or on sidewalks before turning.
Find ODOT’s Oregon Driver Manual here.