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Get Legal: Being “nice” is dangerous and could make you at fault in a collision

Posted on September 17th, 2014 at 2:54 pm.

Please stop being nice. It only makes the roads more dangerous.

Get Legal with Ray Thomas: Oregon’s ‘Safe Passing’ law explained

Posted on January 6th, 2014 at 3:53 pm.

Bike lawyer Ray Thomas breaks down Oregon’s “safe passing law” in this final installment of our three-part series.

In Roseburg, popularity of bicycling thwarts punitive police power grab

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 am.

“Public hearing” or not; not all bike lanes are “safe and reasonable” to ride on.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Earlier this month, police officers in the City of Roseburg tried to strengthen their authority to ticket people who do not ride in bike lanes. They thought they could sneak an agenda item through City Council and Read More »

In rare move, City of Roseburg looks to strengthen Oregon’s ‘mandatory sidepath’ law

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 at 12:00 pm.

Who says its “safe and reasonable” for bicycle use?(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) On August 13th, the City Council of Roseburg (about 170 miles south of Portland) will attempt to take a rare step toward strengthening the Oregon law mandating use of a bike lane (a.k.a. the mandatory sidepath law). That law, ORS 814.420, mandates that Read More »

When it comes to helmet laws, language matters

Posted on October 24th, 2011 at 12:01 pm.

Mandatory helmet laws say the little guy should wear one.(Photos © J. Maus) After reading about the helmet survey launched by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance last week, I wanted to share a cautionary tale about helmet laws. I live in Vancouver, Washington where we’ve been living with a mandatory, all-ages helmet law since 2008. If Read More »

NYC video goes viral, highlights common bike lane problem

Posted on June 10th, 2011 at 8:57 am.

Famed filmmaker Casey Neistat’s latest video creatively tackles the issue of riding in bike lanes in NYC (and getting ticketed for it). It’s so well done that the video has exploded on the web. Watch it below…

Disappearing bike lane case settles out of court

Posted on May 18th, 2011 at 2:06 pm.

Where the bike lane ends. Remember the disappearing bike lane case? I’m happy to report that it reached a positive conclusion — at least in the civil case of Carmen Piekarski. First, let’s go back to December 2009… Piekarski was riding her bike eastbound on SE Hawthorne approaching SE 10th Ave. While in the intersection, Read More »

E-bikes, the law, and you

Posted on August 26th, 2010 at 8:57 am.

E-bikes are popping up all over Portland these days.(Illustration: Mark Young/Portland Storyboard) Whether you like them or not, electric bikes have arrived and it looks like they’re here to stay. E-bikes can now be found in almost every local bike shop, major manufacturers are adding e-assist to a growing number of urban and cargo bikes, Read More »

Ask BikePortland: What are my options after a bike-on-bike collision?

Posted on August 10th, 2010 at 10:46 am.

“What are a cyclist’s options when another cyclist causes damage or injury?” — Nick V. [Ask BikePortland is a regular feature. See past questions and learn the answers via our esteemed commenters here.] This week’s Ask BikePortland comes from reader Nick V. Nick wants to know how to handle the aftermath of a bike-on-bike collision:

Man has citation for carrying friend on bike rack discharged

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm.

Ken Southerland(Photos © J. Maus) Ken Southerland, the man who got a $143 ticket back in February for carrying someone on the rear rack of his bicycle, earned a victory when the case went to traffic court this morning. Southerland pleaded no contest to the charges and Portland Police Officer David Scott agreed to have Read More »

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