A look at the laws around people
on bikes and foot sharing the road.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
This installment in our ongoing Ask BikePortland series tackles a question I'm sure many of you have had. It comes from reader Ian D.
"I was yelled at on Tuesday by a bicyclist who claimed I was doing something illegal by jogging on the street. Was he right?"
I've had this experience too, and I have to admit I was mildly frustrated at the person running. I think the feeling stems from the fact that when I'm riding my bike there's a constant stream of compromises to the space I'm trying to occupy. If there's no bike lane, not all people in cars are nice about sharing the space. If I'm on the sidewalk (which is legal except for a swath of downtown), than I must defer to people on foot. Even when I'm on a bike lane, there are often delivery trucks and hotel guests who push the limits of the legal exception that allows them to be there.
So, what is the deal with people who use roadway shoulders and bike lanes as jogging tracks? (more...)