Can Cars Park in Bike Lanes in Oregon?
Like a lot of things in the law the answer to whether cars can park in bike lanes is: it depends. This is in opposition to the common belief that a bicycle lane is sacred under Oregon law. Oregon law ORS 811.555 makes parking in prohibited places illegal. ORS 811.550 provides the list of the places parking is illegal. ORS 811.550(23) makes parking on a bike lane illegal. However, it also makes ALL of the exemptions found in ORS 811.560 applicable. Bicycle lanes and bicycl
Can cyclists pass cars on the right in Oregon?
While most vehicles are prohibited from passing another vehicle on the right in Oregon, bicyclists are allowed a special exception. ORS 811.415 makes it clear that all vehicles can pass on the right in some circumstances (the other vehicle is turning left or the vehicles are in separate lanes (even bike lanes)). The law goes on, however, to allow a bicyclist to pass on the right in all other circumstances so long as they "may safely make the passage under existing conditions
Do I have to ride as far the right as practicable in a bicycle lane in Oregon?
The quick answer: no. A rider can ride in any position in a bicycle lane and still be riding legally. ORS 814.430 requires Oregon bicyclists to ride as close as "practicable" to the right curb or edge of the roadway if they are riding slower than the normal speed of traffic on that roadway under the existing conditions. However, 814.430(2)(f) makes it clear that bicyclists riding in a bicycle lane or on a bicycle path are not required to ride to the right. Charley Gee is a P