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rness024 10-31-2007 08:39 AM

Sellwood Bridge
My commute often takes me over the sellwood bridge. During rush hour (like between about 4:15 and 6pm, when traveling east (toward sellwood) I ride with traffic (the side of the road opposite the sidewalk).

I ride there for a couple reasons...
-I can usually keep up with traffic, because the auto traffic on the bridge is usually pretty slow.
-The sidewalk is usually filled with non bike (and bike) traffic in both directions.

I often get yelled at by motorists saying: "get on the sidewalk", or "get off the f'ing road" or (yesterday) "are you trying to get killed?".

I just want to make sure I'm in the right... There are big signs for the cars entering the bridge that say something to the effect of "bikes on bridge roadway"

I think technically speaking it's more legal riding on the road with traffic, than riding on the sidewalk where bikes are usually not allowed (or must be walked?) unless otherwise specified (like on the hawthorne bridge).


Attornatus_Oregonensis 10-31-2007 09:46 AM

Yep. I ride it too. And I get the same reaction. Further proof that many motorists either don't know or don't respect the law.

toddwaddell 10-31-2007 05:11 PM

You souls are more intrepid than I. Not much margin for error--either the bicyclers or the drivers--there.

bikieboy 11-01-2007 09:49 AM

in terms of safety, riding the bridge roadway is probably pretty good, at least during daylight hours --- no intersections/turning vehicles to contend with, and the narrow lanes combined with the steady stream of oncoming traffic makes passing manuevers unlikely.

You just get out in the center of the lane and cork the traffic for the duration of time it takes to cross the bridge -- pretty safe, really, unless of course you get an impatient, homicidal driver right behind you. And, as Rness testified above, you're pretty much guaranteed to be verbally abused by drivers.

fetishridr 11-26-2007 07:31 AM

i ride it too
just be mellow, and the people will wait. maybe the people commuting to sandy should drive on the interstate eh?

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