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Bike Law 101: Take care when crossing the foot lane (a.k.a. sidewalk)

Posted on August 2nd, 2011 at 9:09 am.

Respect the foot lane.(Photo © J. Maus) As the weather warms and the sun becomes more reliable, sidewalks seem to blossom with all manner of human traffic; from strollers to skateboarders to joggers and everything in between. And these days, much of that traffic is distracted by their phones or music pumping in their ears. Read More »

Bike Law 101: Harassment and how to deal with it

Posted on July 20th, 2011 at 11:21 am.

(Photo © J. Maus) Having commanded ownership of the road for decades, sharing it is an often unfamiliar and difficult idea for many motor vehicle operators. To now be required to share that space with people on bicycles is for some, rather difficult. Many people honestly believe bicycles don’t have the same legal rights to Read More »

Bike Law 101: Who’s on the ‘roadway’?

Posted on July 6th, 2011 at 1:22 pm.

A closer look at how the law dictates where you must ride.(Illustration by Dan Pegoda/Animated Traffic Law Center for BikePortland.org)

Bike Law 101: Careless biking

Posted on June 22nd, 2011 at 1:21 pm.

Oregon’s careless driving statute applies to multi-use paths too.(Photos © J. Maus) Many of us are aware that a person can be convicted of careless driving (ORS 811.135) for operating their motor vehicle in a manner that “endangers or would be likely to endanger any person or property.” But did you realize that bicycle operators Read More »

Bike Law 101: Riding two abreast

Posted on June 7th, 2011 at 8:59 am.

Social cycling on N. Willamette Blvd.(Photo © J. Maus) The beauty of a bicycle is that by its very design it lends itself to connecting its operator with other people, be it another person on a bike or anyone else nearby. The technology itself encourages social interaction. I hope it was with this understanding about Read More »

Bike Law 101: “Take the lane,” legally

Posted on May 26th, 2011 at 10:56 am.

Proper “take the lane” form.(Photos © J. Maus) Many of you already know that you have the legal right to “take the lane” when necessary. What’s less understood is what this actually means, both in practice on the road and in the law. “Take the lane” is a common phrase, almost a rallying cry in Read More »

Bike Law 101: The law of the lanes

Posted on May 11th, 2011 at 9:42 am.

If it’s there, you should be too.(Photo © J. Maus) If you’re concerned about your personal safety mixing it up with motorized traffic, your fears are not without merit. American roads are made for something powerful, weighty and full of horsepower. Stepping foot or pushing pedal upon them can indeed be daunting. The tendency for Read More »

Bike Law 101: Biking under the influence

Posted on April 27th, 2011 at 11:00 am.

Although it’s generally understood that it’s not cool to drink and drive, many people don’t think of cycling while in an altered state as being dangerous. But, before you over-indulge, here are some sobering statistics to consider… According to NHTSA, (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) 28% of all cyclists killed in 2009 had a measurable Read More »

Bike Law 101: Waiting (or not) for the school bus

Posted on April 12th, 2011 at 9:18 am.

You’re freewheeling along on your bike. There’s been a change in the weather. The day is dry and it’s even warm enough to drop a layer. The ride just couldn’t be better. And then it happens. The approaching school bus has pulled to the curb just ahead. Now, with lights ablaze and its stop sign Read More »

Bike Law 101: Guidance for the ‘Dilemma Zone’

Posted on March 29th, 2011 at 9:45 am.

[Publisher's note: Welcome to Bike Law 101, a new column written for BikePortland by Kurt Jansen. Kurt is the Executive Director of the Animated Traffic Law Center. ATLC is a Eugene, Oregon based non-profit that helps organizations with their traffic law education efforts (the City of Portland hired them to create the "Every Corner is Read More »

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