It is illegal to ride your bike on the Lafayette Street Pedestrian Crossing
The other day while on my regular ride from home to downtown, I noticed this sign at the new Lafayette Street bridge where I cross the railroad tracks: It got me wondering if I was breaking the law every commute by riding my bicycle into the elevator and then over the bridge. Chapter 28 of Trimet’s Code, which governs conduct on Trimet property, does not specifically prohibit riding bicycles on the Lafayette Street Pedestrian Overcrossing. However, the Code does contain the
Getting away with it: how Oregon police are toothless to cite bad drivers.
In my work providing legal advice and a legal voice for Oregon’s bicyclists, I often hear about times when a road user reports a dangerous driver to the police. Such reports can be met with a collective shrug by law enforcement and no citation is issued. While apathy by law enforcement is pretty common when it comes to road user complaints about dangerous drivers, there is a legal reason that the police do not issue citations to these drivers: they are not allowed to. ORS 810