Where your burning bike questions get answered. We share reader-submitted questions and then let the community weigh in with answers.
Ask BikePortland: Can I go when the walk sign turns green?
Resist the urge to go on the crosswalk green.
Ask BikePortland: How can I convince my friend that cycling is safe?
“This is the second time she’s been right-hooked in five months…How can I suggest to her that biking around can be okay again?” Welcome to our latest installment of Ask BikePortland where we (that includes you, dear readers) attempt to answer your burning bike-related questions. Today’s question comes from reader Chris Muhs. It’s sort of … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Should I go it alone or with group at stop signs?
Group stops happen.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Welcome to the latest installment of Ask BikePortland. Today’s question comes from reader Ruben G. Ruben is curious about a topic on a lot of people’s minds today: stop sign behavior. Ruben wants to know if people on bikes who arrive at a stop sign together are allowed to … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Was a bicyclist right to yell at me for jogging in the street?
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 … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Are runners required to have lights while using paths?
Dark paths require caution.(Photo © J. Maus) This edition of Ask BikePortland comes from reader J. Long. Mr. Long emailed us after he was involved in a collision with someone who was jogging while riding his bike on the Springwater Corridor at night. “Hey Jonathan, Two nights ago I was riding my bike home on … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Is cutting in line OK during bridge lifts?
Back-up during Hawthorne Bridge lift.(Photo © J. Maus) Anyone who has ridden a bike in Portland for long has experienced bridge lifts. When they happen, it’s common for a long line of people on bikes to queue up. Reader Rick T. wonders about the proper etiquette for waiting in the line. Check out his question … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Can a front bike light be too bright?
Being seen doesn’t have to cause temporary blindness.(Photos © J. Maus) Today’s question comes from reader Chris M. Chris wonders if there’s such a thing as a front bike light that’s just too bright.. “I’ve been blinded on my morning commute a few times too many. This afternoon while riding north from Sellwood on the … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Do I have to get over on streets with sharrows?
This sharrow on the N. Concord bike boulevard is meant to guide bicycle operators and show all road users that this is a shared lane, “bike priority street” environment.(Photos © J. Maus)
Ask BikePortland: How should riders treat “T” intersections?
A woman approaches a T-intersection on Naito.(Photo © J. Maus) This week’s question comes from reader Ruben Galbraith. Ruben wonders about something I’ve also thought about a lot. Here’s his question: “How should bikers behave at “T” intersections with traffic signals? For me, this always occurs while heading North on Naito. What could be really … Read more
Ask BikePortland: Any changes planned for NE Ainsworth?
Ainsworth can be a very tight fit.(Photo: Peter Welte) This week’s question comes from reader Kinya Hanada. Kinya touches on a question I’ve wondered myself for several years now. She loves riding on NE Ainsworth because it’s a “nice, direct route,” but wonders if there are any plans to make it more pleasant to bike … Read more