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Police Bureau continues with traffic safety education missions at Broadway/Flint

Avatar by on October 1st, 2008 at 10:44 am

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Broadway and Flint.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As part of an ongoing effort, the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division is performing a series of “traffic safety educational missions” at the intersection of Broadway and Flint.

Traffic Division Captain Larry O’Dea says his officers are conducting the missions during morning commute hours every day this week. According to O’Dea, the missions are being done in conjunction with the first round of changes made by PDOT (the “Bikes Stop” markings installed last week).

In an email sent by O’Dea this morning, he described the PPB’s efforts as,[Read more…]

With new markings, PDOT hopes ‘Bikes stop’

Avatar by on September 26th, 2008 at 10:57 am

New markings in the bike lane on N. Flint at Broadway.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Guest Article: Cops and Stops; Putting our Foot Down

Avatar by on September 24th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

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Robert Pickett
(Photos © J. Maus)

Robert Pickett is a member of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee, an Alice Award nominee, a regular commenter and contributor to the Forums here on, and he’s also a police officer in Portland’s Southeast Precinct.

When he’s not working in our community, he likes to ride tall bikes.

In the article below, Officer Pickett clarifies the age-old question of whether or not you’ve got to put your foot down at a stop sign. As a bonus, he also uncovers some important info about yellow lights you might not have been aware of.

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Why we should change stop sign laws

Avatar by on February 15th, 2007 at 10:44 am

[Stop sign on N. Williams Ave.]
Photo: haljon/Flickr

A recent interview I published about an effort to change the laws around how bicycles treat stop signs touched of an engaging and lengthy debate (92 comments so far).

In reaction, this is the first of two posts I will publish to present different perspectives on the proposed law change.

This first one is in support of allowing bicycles to treat stop signs as yields. The eloquent argument comes from newbie bike commuter David Dean (who originally left it as a comment):[Read more…]