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Old 06-04-2008, 09:09 AM
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Default Is Driver Behavior changing?

Haven, do you think that drivers are actually becoming more courteous? I'm wondering if motorist behavior might actually be changing.

I've heard three different reasons why increasing the number of cyclists makes it safer for all:
  1. Motorists are more likely to expect (i.e., look for) cyclists as a potential conflict.
  2. Motorists are more likely to be, themselves, cyclists, and thus more sensitive to the issues facing cyclists.
  3. Facilities are more likely to be cycling enabled (i.e., left turn lights that actually turn when you wait).

I have seen an almost overwhelming amount of press in the last two weeks as people are parking their cars and inflating their bike tires. I'm wondering if it might be having an effect...

Originally Posted by Haven_kd7yct View Post
On my ride in this morning:
Also, 95% of the cars who passed me on the part of Durham between Upper Boones and whatever that road is that Bed Bath and Beyond is on (is that 72nd there?) stayed WAY over to the left when passing me. Thanks, folks! Appreciate the room.
ORS 811.065 (1)(a):

The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a “safe distance” means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver’s lane of traffic....

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