What should I know as a motorist?
Bicycles are considered vehicles when operated on roadways in Oregon. Bicyclists in a travel lane have the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist.
Share the road
- Bicyclists may take and entire lane, particularly on slow-moving, narrow roadways. Bicyclists have the right to ride in the center of a travel lane if they feel it is too narrow for a motor vehicle to pass them or they feel their safety is compromised. Scan for bicyclists in traffic and give them the appropriate right-of-way.
- Motorists are prohibited from driving and/or parking in a bicycle lane.
Watch for bicyclists
- Watch for bicyclists when parallel parking and opening your car door.
- Always be cautious when approaching an intersection or crossing a sidewalk. While bicycling on sidewalks is generally discouraged, bicyclists are allowed to ride on sidewalks at the same speed as a pedestrian.
Take care at intersections
- Intersections and driveway crossings are the most dangerous places for bicyclists. Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs.
- Before turning left at an intersection, yield to bicyclists coming toward you. They are often travelling faster than they appear. Allow extra time for bicyclists to cross through intersections.
- Be careful when turning right at an intersection to ensure a bicyclist has not ridden up on your right-hand side.
Pass bicyclists with care
- Reduce your speed and keep a safe distance when passing a bicyclist. Treat them as you would a slow-moving car Ė donít tailgate and wait until traffic conditions will allow you to safely pass. Check over your shoulder after passing a bicyclist before moving back into a travel lane in front of them. Do no blast your horn.