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Get Legal with Ray Thomas: Passing on the right from a rider’s perspective

Knowing how to legally pass on the right can help you get to your destination faster and help you breathe easier.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Today’s article will try to clear up confusion about how and when you are legally permitted to pass another vehicle operator on the right side of the roadway. While Oregon law … Read more


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Get Legal with Ray Thomas: What you need to know about hit and run

(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Hit and runs are far too common in Oregon. Unfortunately, so is the feeling of helplessness about what to do about them. In the spirit that knowledge equals power, I’ve put together a primer on the laws surrounding hit and runs and what do to if you are ever involved in … Read more


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Get legal with Ray Thomas: How to fight for your property damage claim (Part 1)

Now what? (Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) (Publisher’s Note: We’ve split this article into two parts because Ray is an authority on this topic and he gets into some important details. Come back tomorrow for the finale. Also worth mentioning is that Ray’s firm, Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton, is a BikePortland advertiser and this column … Read more


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Get Legal with Ray Thomas: Bicycling and Oregon’s passing laws

The legal side of getting passed.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Welcome to part one of a three part series on Oregon’s passing laws. Trying to decipher Oregon’s passing laws are a perfect example of how it’s often difficult to know when (and how) a particular vehicle law applies to someone riding a bicycle. Confusion about application … Read more