View Full Version : Bikes On Roadway

08-21-2006, 03:27 PM
I'm new to biking. I pass signs all the time that read "bikes on Roadway" I've always thought those mean I need to stay on the road and off the sidewalk. Yesterday I was riding across the sellwood bridge and saw the "bikes on roadway" sign. I stayed on the road as I crossed the bridge. As I was crossing a heavy set woman in a honda honked viciously at me and yelled, "Get on the &#%&ing sidewalk! This woman didn't look like the sharpest tool in the shed but is she right? Should I be on the sidewalk when I pass the Bikes on Rodeway signs?

08-21-2006, 05:05 PM
The Oregon laws governing vehicles on the roadways state that a bicycle is a vehicle. Bicycles are required to abide by many of the same laws that cars are required to follow. With that said as long as no bike lane is present you are legally allowed to be on the roadway. If a bike lane is present you're supposed to ride inside that lane. Just incase your wondering...no, the sidewalk is not considered a bike lane. Sidewalks are for pedestrians.

I may have missed a few minor details. I'm by no means an expert on OR bicycle laws. I'm sure someone else will fill in what I left out....hope that helps.

08-22-2006, 07:29 AM
You can look at a ODOT pdf describing many ped and bicycle statues at


The BTA also has a legal resource page with a handbook you can buy called Peddle Power and some other stuff.


Where to start on the Sellwood bridge? Running a search on the Sellwood bridge on Bikeportland would be a good start. Maybe someone who rides/walks it more often will pipe in.

08-22-2006, 05:44 PM

I would never ride in the roadway on the Sellwood Bridge, mainly because I don't want to die. Sure it may be legal, but you can be legal and be dead and what satisfaction is there in that? The Sellwood is 2 narrow lanes of impatient / fast car traffic and it won't change until they re-build the bridge, no matter how many "Bikes on Roadway" signs the City or Metro put up. I'll ride on the sidewalk if there's no peds, or just walk my bike if there are... I've seen that heavy set woman in the Honda, and too many like her, too many times. :)

PS I believe "Bikes in Roadway" is a caution to drivers, not a riding directive aimed at cyclists. Correct me if I'm wrong.

08-23-2006, 11:52 AM
I agree i believe that it's there to caution drivers.

Matt P.
08-24-2006, 01:48 PM
It is a warning for motorists, and described in the driving manual. Also, it's a diamond sign with a yellow background - that means it's a cautionary sign. (page 13 of the Oregon Driver's Manual)


http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/37.pdf (driver's manual)

08-28-2006, 10:40 AM
Thank you for all the info. This is a great website.