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Learn ins and outs of bike law at UO event

Posted by on July 23rd, 2009 at 1:00 pm

The law isn’t always entirely clear when it comes to bikes on the road — are you required to be in a bike lane? What if you want to make a left turn? Do you need to put your foot down every time you stop? How would enforcement work if we had an Idaho-style stop sign law?

The University of Oregon is holding a free event next week (7/30), Rules of the Road: Bicyclists’ Rights & Responsibilities, to help you learn to navigate these issues and many more.

Here’s more from the event flyer:

The University of Oregon in Portland is hosting a free, public event titled “Rules of the Road: Bicyclists, Rights and Responsibilities. UO Law Professor and avid cyclist Caroline Forell will survey the current legal rights and responsibilities of Oregon cyclists, paying special attention to recent legal changes and proposals for improvements to bike laws. After her talk, she will lead a bike ride around the Waterfront Bike Loop (10.4 mile route).

The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at the White Stag Block (70 NW Couch). Check the event listing for full details.

Can’t make this event? There are other legal resources out there for Portlanders on bikes.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance holds regular legal clinics (and offers other resources) and we highly recommend Ray Thomas’s excellent Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists.

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  • Joe July 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    cool if they passed this out at the DMV :)

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  • Justin July 24, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I know this is off topic, but the bike on that poster is hilarious! Look at those crankarm lengths!

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  • N.I.K. July 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Hilarious observation, Justin. Identify the bike as some misguided effort to fit female riders and Eugene Sloane shall rise from his grave to wreak a damned nasty vengeance upon the perpetrators! ;)

    Joe: I wish. Though I’m also torn considering which feat is trickier: informing motorists of road rules relative to bicycles, or informing cyclists. :\

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