Hello friends, this is important!
I just moved here from very unbikefriendly Virginia and joined this forum expressely because (and I'm almost embarassed to admit) I'm afraid to get out on the streets on my bike. I don't know the area well yet, I'm not sure where I should and should be riding, and what the protocol is for being a respected rider, etc. I'm just plain scared and I don't know anyone yet so even if I do go out I'll be riding alone.
Riding at night, do I need lights on both front and back? I have a back light so far but I'm not sure what the law states and if Portland is well lit enough at night that I wont need a front light.
Please give me some encouragement!